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2/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



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"The liberation of homosexuals 

can only be the work of 

homosexuals themselves." 

- Kurt Miller, 1921 - 



The Collective 

John Allec. Christine Bearcheil. Flicl< Bibout. Gerald Hannon, 
Ed Jackson. Tim McCaslteil. Ken Popert. Hoger Spalding 

Design/Art Direction 

Kirk Kelly/Rick Bibout 

The News 

Chris Bearchell 

Edna Barker. Jim Barlley. Danny Cockerlme. 

Philip Folheringham. Ed Jackson. Mike Kelley. Bill Loos. 

Lee Lyons. Glenn Pelshea. Kevin Orr. Craig Patterson, 

Stephen Biggins. Roger Spalding. Richard Summerbell. 

Ken Tomilson 

(Toronto News Stall) 

Richard Banner. Fred Gilbertson, Jackie Goodwin. 

Kevin GriWn. Rob Joyce. Bill Kobewka. Don Larventz. 

Jim Oakes. Stan Per sky 

(Vancouver News Stall) 

Maurice BeauTieu (Quebec). Wayne Bell (Kitchener). 

Nelson Carry (Montreal). Nils Clausson (Edmonton). 

Jellrey McLaughlin (Victoria). Andrew Mitchell (Saskatoon). 

Jim Monk (Windsor). Fay Orr (Calgary). Kevin Simpson 

(Winnipeg). Joe Szalai (Kitchener) 

International 

Tim McCaskell 

Revievfs and Features 

John Allec. Rick Bibout. Gerald Hannon 

Rick Archbold. Chuck Groch. Paul Baker. Gerry Oxford. 
Richard Summerbell. Phil Shaw, Stephen Stuckey 

Out in the City 

John Allec 

Carol Auld. Edna Barker. Nicolas Jenkins. Jon Kaplan. 

Greg Saint Louis, Stephen Stuckey. Andrew Zealley 

Columns 

"Mac." Tim McCasketl. Joy Parks. Ian Young 

Letters/ Network 

Rick Bibout/John Allec 

Layout and Production 

Rick Bibout 
George Akrigg. Carol Auld. Edna Barker. David Chang. 
Terry Farley, Paul Hackney. Ken King. Chris Lea. 
Chris Davis. OPI. Kevin Orr. Gerry Oxiord. Craig Patterson. 
Colin Smith. Vox Victrola 
and members and Iriends ol the collective- 
Printing: Delta Web Graphics. Scarborough 

Advertising 

Gerald Hannon. Ed Jackson, Ken Popert 

Victor Bardawitl. Jr. Paul Redlord 

Promotion 

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Subscriptions and Distribution 

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Ward Beattie. Bill Brown. Terry Farley, Mary Harvey, 

Dan Schneider, Tony Trask. Bob Wallace. Grant Weaver. 

Lloyd Wong 

Office 

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Gerald Hannon. Ed Jackson. Ken Popert 

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Paul Hackney. Smee Holzberg. Mike Kelley. 

Stephen MacDonald. Doug MacKay. Tim McCasketl. 

Glenn Pelshea. Brendan Plonka. Tony Trask. Ken West. 

Lloyd Wong 

The Body Politic is published ten times a year by Pink Triangle 
Press, a non-prolit corporation, as a contribution to the building ol 
the gay movement and the growth ol gay consciousness Respon- 
sibility lor the content ol The Body Politic rests with the Body Poli- 
tic Collective, an autonomous body operating within Pink Triangle 
Press The collective is a group ol people who regularly give their 
lime and labour to the production ol this magazine The opinions ol 
the collective are represented only in editorials and clearly marked 
editorial essays OUices ol The Body Politic are located at 24 Dun- 
can Street (tilth lloor) in Toronto. 

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mean that the collective endorses the advertiser 

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Lezzysmut 29 

If you're in the market for some "mouth-watering, cunt-watering" Sapphic 
sleaze, you probably know there isn 't exactly a lot to choose from out there. 
Don 7 despair: Chris Bearchell offers a collector's guide, and chats with Kate 
Millett about art, censorship, erotica and pornography. 

Cruising overtime 9 



He 's the trick to avoid: an undercover cop padding his paycheque with easy 
entrapment busts in theatres, parks and washrooms. A special report to lead off 
The News, where you 'II also find peek-a-boo porn, lots of surprising campus 
newspapers and a man climbing into an orange. 

Gay News goes under 21 

David Dubow probes the murky financial transactions and power struggles 
which, we learn as we go to press, have led to the collapse of Britain 's oldest 
and largest gay publication. 

EveningOut 34 

A short story by TBP staff writer Jim Bartley. 

Laposedujour 51 

In which Phil Shaw uncovers an aesthetic conspiracy that'll have you up-in- 
arms. We have the photographic evidence on The Back Page. 



Regular departments 

Letters 4 

Prison Letters 7 

Editorials 8 

Network 17 

OutinttieCity 22 

So's Your Grandmother 36 

Stiared Ground 41 

Classifieds 42 

Fans of Ian Young's small-press review col- 
umn, The Ivory Tunnel, will be disappointed 
that it does not appear in this issue. Be 
assured, however, that it will return next 
month. Mr Young is being held captive by a 
syndicate of small-press publishers, but we 
have agreed to pay the ransom. 



The cover: ptioto ol a mysterious (and probably 
desperate) undercover lesbian by Lee Lyons 
Muscleman pose trom Physique: A Pictorial History 
ol the Athletic Model Guild (Gay Sunshine Press), 
photo by Bob Muer Design by Rick Bibout 



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Was it your son who spoke to me? 



On November 22, 1982, we sat shiva for 
our son, Larry, who had died the 
previous day after fourteen months of 
illness with AIDS. 

We sat the first night in Larry's and 
Bruce's apartment in New York so that 
Larry's friends could pay their respects 
to us, his family. (We live in New 
Jersey.) Everybody admired us for the 
way the funeral was handled, "with 
dignity and beauty," and for the way we 
acknowledged Larry's relationship with 
Bruce in the eulogy and newspaper 
obituary notice. 

And then — your son came over to 
me, Larry's mother, and said "I wish my 
mother could meet you; she could learn 
so much from you." 

What can you learn from us? Let us 
go back to April 23, 1948. A second son 
was born to us, a beautiful redhead, just 
like our first son. Bob. We were so 
proud to have two sons. It never mat- 
tered that we didn't have daughters. We 
brought both boys up the same, both an 
equal delight to us. Both grew into man- 
hood, and that is when Larry discovered 
he was "different" — Larry was "gay." 
The fact that he was a beautiful person, 
warm, good-natured, no longer mat- 
tered to the outside world, he was "dif- 
ferent." He was tortured by this know- 
ledge. It took years until he could come 
to terms with himself, accept himself. 
When he finally admitted it to his broth- 
er. Bob found it very hard to accept. It 
took his brother a long time to reeilize 
that Larry had no control over this 
"chemistry quirk" and that Larry was 
still the wonderful, beautiful brother 
that he. Bob, always loved and admired. 

Larry's brother told their Dad. They 
decided that Mother should not be told, 
because she in turn had her invalid 
mother as a problem. This was ridicu- 
lous — because Larry should have been 
given first consideration. He deserved it. 

Finally, the day came when Leury 
could no longer keep it from his Mother, 
so his Dad told her. Her initial reaction 
was to call Larry immediately and tell 
him that we love him today as much as 
we loved him yesterday and will love him 
forever. We made arrangements to meet 
him the next night. Larry said he will 
always remember how we greeted each 
other. We three put our arms around 
each other, told how much we loved 
each other, how proud we were of him, 
Larry, and then cried a little bit. 

Then, full of ignorance, we said to 
Larry, "How can we help to make your 
days more bearable? a doctor? a psych- 
iatrist?" etc — completely ignorant of 
what a "gay" is. What is a "gay" man? 
He a beautiful young man, equal to all 
men in every way. Only life made him 
sexually attracted to another man. He 
did not do this to himself. He was born 
this way. Perhaps, we should feel guilty 
— we conceived him. 

I, his Jewish mother, asked if it was 
my fault — the old wives' tale says that a 
Jewish mother is overbearing. Larry 
said, "No Mom, you never treated me 
differently than my brother. Further- 
more, if you came with me to a gay 
meeting, you would see Catholic, Pro- 
testant, Black, etc, homosexuals — their 
mothers weren't Jewish." 

Neither your son, nor you are guilty 



of causing your son's "gayness." But 
you are guilty of your attitude to your 
son — he should not have had to come 
to me and say "my mother could learn 
so much from you." Don't wait until the 
pain is unbearable for all of you to tell 
him you love and respect him. 

That is one of the most redeeming 
features of a "gay" man — he is not 
afraid to say verbally, "I love you" to 




Devoted friends: Larry Okin (right) with lover 
Bruce Schentes, subjects of lyiichaei Lynch 's 
November article, "Living with Kaposi 's ' ' 

all those who are important to him. We 
learned that from Larry. 

Larry "different" — no way, "speci- 
al" — yes, warm, considerate and 
thoughtful. Whenever someone dear to 
him had a birthday, anniversary, etc, he 
"shopped" very carefully, whether it 
was a card portraying our individusd in- 
terest with a personal note. As a gift to 
me, his mother, for my birthday every 
year it was a special flower — not a rose 
or orchid but a rare blossom that he 
"shopped" specially for me. But there 
will be no more specials for us from 
Larry, only a toothache in our hearts. 

Larry asked us to meet his friends. We 
have the distinction of being one of the 
first sets of parents to be invited to Fire 
Island. It was a wonderful day. Every- 
one went out of his way to make us feel 
comfortable. Again, I say, these young 
men are not afraid to show their emo- 
tions — their caring, their respect, their 
love for each other. We were very lucky 

— they transferred all these emotions to 
include us. We had such a wonderful 
time — we were invited to come again. 
We did. This time, summer of 1981, was 
also a special summer for Larry. He met 
Bruce. In the gay world, Bruce is re- 
ferred to as Larry's lover. We refer to 
him as LtU-ry's devoted friend. As I told 
the Rabbi who officiated, I'm from the 
old school where we did not discuss our 
sex life to the whole world, therefore, 
the word "lover" is a word I would use 
privately in my bedroom. I explained my 
feelings about the word to Larry — he 
understood. The word is not important 

— but the fact that we welcomed Bruce 
was important, because Bruce, not 
knowingly, joined us for the last year of 
Larry's life. How do you feel when your 
son introduces you to the love of his life, 
tells you he is having the best summer of 
his life because of this love? You open 
your heart to this new person, because 



4/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



"Telling men to back off from 'interfering' 

with women's issues does not show respect 

for women's right to autonomous struggle. 

It simply lets men off the hook. " 



your one fear in life is that your "gay" 
son will be alone. You embrace this new 
young "gay" man because he will make 
your son happy, give him love. Oh, what 
a great time they had until one day Life 
took away all hopes of happiness — and 
Larry's first thought was "How do you 
tell your parents you have cancer?" 

During the months of Larry's illness, 
he was in and out of the hospital, going 
from one test to another, and we, his 
parents, were there every day — to the 
consternation of his oncologist. Larry 
was hurting, so we were hurting. Dr L 
completely ignored us, passed us by up 
to and including the day Larry died. We 
have never heard from her. 

When this inconsiderate, rude behavi- 
our was noticed by her colleagues, they 
tried to ease the pain in our hearts by 
saying that "Dr L is not used to coping 
with parents of "gay" men. Usually 
only their "lovers" come with the sick 
man. We were now "different." They 
softened it by saying we were "special," 
that most parents of "gay" men divorce 
themselves from their sons. If your son 
was the one who came to us, you are 
helping Dr L and the rest of the world to 
come to this conclusion. 

There are other forms of "hurting" be- 
sides cancer. Your son may have the other 
"hurting." You can help this "hurting" 
by telling him that you love him. 

You can reach out and put your aims 
around him. 

We can't, anymore. 
Helen and Aaron Okin 
Englishtown, New Jersey 



Fresh sight 



I was very moved by Jane Rule's column 
in which she compared the acceptance of 
her sexudity to her grandmother's strug- 
gle with old age (TBP, March). I often 
forget what a relief it was to stop lying, 
how "coming out" wasn't the apoca- 
lypse I had feared. At times, the party 
politics of the gay scene appear so petty 
and mean, and I don't remember why I 
ever cared. Jane Rule's lyric account has 
given me fresh sight and brought back 
memories of that first liberation: release 
from the weight of lies and fear! 

Paul Bart let 
Toronto 



No martyrdom 



Somehow, TAP always manages to come 
out with articles that meet the needs of a 
situation right on time. The April arti- 
cle, "Staying On," by David Townsend 
is just the latest example. 

During the last few months, I have as- 
sisted a Lutheran minister during sacra- 
ment services. We share the order of 
worship, and while I distribute the body 
(bread), he distributes the blood (wine). 
Until recently, I thought all was well 
with this type of arrangement. 

Recently, I was advised by certain 
individuals that people were not coming 
to service because "there was a faggot 
behind the altar, and to take sacrament 
from a faggot would damn the receiver 
to Hell." 

I started to shirk my responsibilities, 
thought up a multitude of reasons for 
not attending service. 1 was at the stage 



of giving up going to service altogether 
because, in a martyr's way, I felt that it 
would be better if all these people re- 
ceived the sacrament and I stayed away. 

Reading Townsend's article, though, 
has caused me to rethink my position. I 
have decided that Townsend has a point, 
a valid one by any standards. It is not for 
me to become either a martyr or any less 
of a Christian than I am. If others can- 
not reconcile themselves to the true 
meaning of Christianity, if they want to 
point fingers and gossip and judge, then 
they, not I, have the problem. 

I'm going back to my usual spot, be- 
hind the altar, this Sunday, and I'll bear 
in mind that although the people may 
not always be right, the Church is. 

Thank you.rSPand David Townsend, 
for reminding me of that. 
Rob Maguire 
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 



Finger-wagging 



As a feminist and gay activist, I must 
differ with the views expressed in 
Jacques Borque's letter in the March 
issue criticizing the TBP editorial on the 
Wimmin's Fire Brigade's firebombing of 
porn stores. Borque expresses shock and 
anger over what he calls the "blatantly 
paternalistic... if not outrightly miso- 
gynist" editorial. He asks, "how (can) a 
collective composed overwhelmingly of 
men permit itself to tell women how to 
struggle against their oppression?" This 
kind of finger-wagging reprimand is 
heard too often and chedlenged too little 
for its political fallacies. 

I take issue with the idea that men 
have no right to disagree with women 
about "women's struggles" against 
"women's oppression." In my experi- 
ence, this usually serves as a cover for 
one of three things: 1) the writer does 
not take "women's issues" seriously 
enough to think through for him / herself 
and arrive at his/her own conclusions; 
2) the writer does not actually agree with 
the group of women s/he purports to 
defend, but has been guilt-tripped into 
renouncing his/her real views for what 
appears to be the "Politically Correct 
Feminist" line; or 3) the writer is in 
agreement with those being defended 
against "male" criticism, but rather 
than debate the issue honestly on its own 
merits, muddies the waters with liberal 
name-calling. Borque's letter seems to 
fall into this latter category. 

The "how-dare-you-criticize-Femin- 
ists!" Hne polarizes the discussion 
around false issues and short-circuits 
genuine sharing of views. The last thing 
we need is to reinforce the existing 
segregation of "women's struggles" 
from "gay male struggles" from "Third 
World struggles," ad nauseam. Telling 
men to back off from "interfering" with 
women's issues, as Jacques Borque 
seems to, does not show respect for 
women's right to autonomous struggle. 
It simply lets men off the hook. Porn is 
as much an important issue for men as 
for women. Asa woman/queer/work- 
er/anarcho/commie, I demand that all 
people engaged in struggle take "my" 
issues seriously — which includes offer- 
ing thoughtful disagreements — and 
that they demand the same of me. 



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Borque's internal logic shows flaws as 
well: throughout his letter he writes as if 
feminist opinion around pornography is 
uniform and universal, challenged only 
by "right-wing elements in the gay 
(male) press." This neatly renders invisi- 
ble the sizable portion of the women's 
movement which has serious problems 
with the analysis and strategy of the anti- 
porn movement, and misses a central 
point of the editorial: that porn is "an 
issue which every thinking feminist 
agrees is strewn with ambiguities," an 
issue hotly debated in the women's 
movement, and around which little con- 
sensus has been reached. The Wimmin's 
Fire Brigade and similar groups can only 
pretend to represent a monolithic 
feminist thought. In fact, there is no 
evidence that their views are shared by 
the majority of women, feminist or not. 

Along similar lines, Borque complete- 
ly invalidates the role of Christine 
Bearchell as part of the TAP collective, 
composed "overwhelmingly" — but not 
totally — of men. From the little I know 
of Ms Bearchell's work, 1 would lay 
odds that she was no shrinking violet in 
the formulation of the editorial. Ms 
Bearchell, I know, has lots to say on the 
subjects of porn, sexuality and the like 
(and I wish we would hear more, and 
more directly, from her). Again, Borque 
simply dismisses those women with 
whom he disagrees. 

The labelling of people within the gay 
or women's communities as "right- 
wing" was begun by the anti-porn move- 
ment (not the "right-wing elements of 
the gay (male) press") and directed 
against women, lesbian and het, who en- 
joy forms of consensual sexual expres- 
sion deemed "male-identified," "vio- 
lent," and "anti-feminist" by these self- 
appointed arbiters of feminist morality. 
That the aims of the anti-porn move- 
ment so often coincide with those of 
cops, shrinks and religious fundamental- 
ists — and flow from a similar ignorance 
or distortion of factual reaUty — should 
be cause for greater scrutiny of those 
aims by us all. 

Finally, I applaud the reP editorial's 
suggestion of addressing the problems of 
existing porn (which is almost always 
sexist, if not always violent) by "openly 
creating and pubHshing an alternative 
sexual imagery." If the energy and 
resources of the anti-porn movement 
were directed to this end, anti-sexist pro- 
sexual liberation work would be greatly 
advanced. However, I doubt that this 
will happen. That leaves this challenge 
up to the rest of us. 
Sharon Page 
Chicago 



Your ill-reasoned, paternalistic and inac- 
curate editorial "Arson, abortion and 
freedom" (TBP, January) convinced this 
"thinking feminist" that the feminist 
community has no common goals with 
the gay male community. To imply that 
anti-porn feminists are sharing a politi- 
cal bed with religious fundamentalists 
and the pohce is blinkered stupidity. It is 
precisely because of fundamentalist 
ideas about the roles of men and women 
that men react to change in these roles 
by purchasing material that graphically 
and figuratively portrays women being 
shat upon, to put them in their place. As 
for being a "political friend" of the 
police, if the police had acted upon the 
repeated complaints of feminists, the 
Wimmin's Fire Brigade would never 
have had to resort to the actions that 
have knotted the knickers of the porn af- 
ficionados in the gay-male community. 

If members of your collective had 
done their homework, they would have 



uncovered a good deal of recent evi- 
dence supporting the idea that violent 
pornography contributes to violence 
against women. Edward Donnerstein, in 
an article published in The Journal of 
Personality and Social Psychology (Vol 
3, No 21, 1980), concludes that when 
"aggressive inhibitions are lowered in 
male subjects there is a tendency for 
highly arousing sexual stimuli to increase 
aggression against women." There are 
a number of other recent studies that 
back up the idea that pornography pro- 
motes violence against women. 

If the gay-male community could turn 
its attention away from its collective 
crotch for a moment, it might take a 
look at the trends it seems to be em- 
bracing. Ageism, extreme objectifa- 
tion of the body and selfish and 
dehumanizing sexual encounters are 
rampant in the community; it seems 
that the gay-male community has taken 
the worst of heterosexual society and 
refined it to a high art. No wonder 
feminists and the gay-male community 
collide ideologically — gay men are pro- 
moting the very things women have 
struggled against for thousands of years. 

In your defence of "freedom of 
choice" I believe you are confusing two 
separate issues. Heterosexual pornogra- 
phy is anti-women hate literature and 
should be included in the provisions of 
the Criminal Code dealing with the 
dissemination of hate Hterature against 
other identifiable groups such as Jews or 
blacks. Gay male pornography merely 
oppresses its own community, which has 
input into its content since it is produced 
for its consumption, whereas women 
have no effective means of counteract- 
ing the output of the anti-women indus- 
try. It is laughable to speak of women 
"creating an alternative sexual imagery" 
to compete with the multi-billion dollar 
porn industry. 

May I suggest you take a look at who 
your friends are — women-haters who 
hide behind the phony freedom-of- 
choice issue. 
Margo Fearn 
Toronto 



Are you a friend of Dorothy's? 

I am currently researching a chapter 
(of a book on stars) about Judy 
Garland and the gay audience. I 
would be very interested to hear from 
any gay people who are fans of hers, 
and more particularly fans from the 
Forties and Fifties. What was it 
about her that you liked? Were you 
conscious of her as a gay people's 
star? It would be particularly helpful 
if you could recall favourite records 
or films, or the experience of seeing 
her in concert. If you can say some- 
thing briefly about yourself and your 
involvement in gay life, this would 
help me to put your ideas and experi- 
ences in context. I should like to be 
able to quote your words in the chap- 
ter, although I would not identify 
you in any way. 

I shall try to reply to all letters 
received. Perhaps I should add that I 
am myself a gay Judy Garland fan, 
that I have written about both stars 
and gay films and that the book is to 
be published by Macmillan and the 
British Film Institute next year. 

Richard Dyer 

Joint School of Film and Literature 
University of Warwick 
Coventry CV4 7AL, England 



The Body Politic welcomes your letters. Send 
them to us at: Letters, TBP, Box 7289, Sta- 
tion A, Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. 



6/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 




by "Mac" 



Rednecks and machos 

The opinions expressed in this column are 
those of the author and in no way reflect the 
views of the Correctional Service of Canada. 



The things I have to put up with. 

I recall one time, after I had switched 
jobs, trying to get a friend into my old 
one. The choice was between David and 
Clyde (not his real neune). David had Ht- 
tle experience at the job and Clyde was a 
professional. But David had the advan- 
tage of having worked in our area for 
three months. He also had one disadvan- 
tage — he was my lover. 

Well. I fieured that the maioritv of the 
staff who worked in our area were 

broad-minded. They were. They figured 

that if you didn't have broads on the 

mind all the time you were a sicko. 

The day came when they were going to 
hire my replacement. I asked one of the 
officers if he knew who it was going to 
be. His reply will stick in my mind for 
years: 

"I don't care who they hire as long as 
it isn't another goddamned faggot." 

Needless to say, David didn't get the 
job. I learned some time later that our 
main boss — a guy who once compeu'ed 
Gay mags to material from the Ku Klux 
Klan — had a chat with Clyde about the 
job. Apparently, during the conversa- 
tion, he told Clyde, "Well, we figured it 
was time we hired a heterosexual." 

But a funny thing happened. Wonder- 
boy Clyde — the hero of the rednecks — 
screwed up. Revenge is sweet — a pal of 
mine asked me who I thought was going 
to get the job next. Since we were stand- 
ing in front of the guy who didn't want a 
faggot, I immediately replied, "I don't 
give a shit, as long as it isn't another 
goddamned straight." 

You've never seen a guy splutter and 
rant and rave and turn red (at least red- 
der than normal) so fast. 

Actually, that's just a minor example 
of what a Gay has to put up with in 
places like this. People who work here 
seem to forget that inmates are humans 
and that we are not here to be used as 
targets for their catty and tacky com- 
ments. It's perfectly all right, it seems, 
for them to make snide comments about 
you, but boy, do they get choked if you 
make a crack about them — especially if 
it implies that they are, or may be, closet 
cases (and some of them are ! !). 

There are a few staff in here who 
deliberately say and do things to get a 
reaction from me — and 1 react as ex- 
pected. After all, why spoil their fun. If 
I wasn't around to spice up their lives 
they'd only be sitting on their asses 
drinking coffee and collecting twenty- 
four grand — and they throw me in jail 
for fraud. Shit. 

Of course, not all staff are like that. 
There are a number who don't give a 
damn and even a few who at least try to 
understand. Several years ago, in a pro- 
vincial joint, I was walking down a cor- 
ridor on the way to work (I was a school 
clerk). The superintendent (warden) 
walked past me, stopped, called me over 
and asked if I was known as "the 
Professor." 

"Yes, sir. That's my nickname in 
here, why?" I asked. He looked at me 
for a long moment, shook his head and 
walked away, muttering "I never would 



have guessed." I must admit, though, 
that that was a strange joint. It had a 
cute security officer. 

In here, I've run into guards who are 
civil, even a few who understand about 
David and me and still ask if I've heard 
from him since he was transferred out. 
A couple even ask how I'm managing 
without him around. I can't tell you who 
they are, though... they might get fired. 

And not all the hassles come from the 
staff. A few years ago, I was standing in 
the slop line when I heard: "Hey Pro- 
fessor, did you ever engage in fellatio 
upon a male sexual organ witVir.,.* «-po- 
lencmg extreme ecstatic enjoyment?" 

Well, he didn't use those words, but I 
have a censor, you know. 

The statement didn't bother me too 
much, even though it was made when 
the guy was at the front of the line, I was 
at the back and there were thirty guys in 
between. Oh, yeah, and the warden was 
standing there watching. 

Anyway, being the mouthy SOB that 
I am, I simply looked back and hollered 
"just yours, Mike, just yours." 

When I did time in a provincial pen, 
there were three basic reactions to my 
being Gay. One group simply saw a Gay 
man as a way for them to get their rocks 
off. No emotional involvement, just a 
quick b/j or hand polish late at night or 
in the shower. The second group didn't 
mind me being Gay, but they were 
"strong," they'd make do with their 
right, left, or both hands until they got 
out. The third group I had to watch out 
for. They were the real "macho" idiots 
— the guys who get drunk, steal a car 
and run into the first lamppost they can 
find, or mug some little old lady for her 
grocery money, get drunk, steal a car 
etc, etc. These macho morons hate 
Gays. They figure the only happy homo- 
sexual is a Gay corpse. 

I am amazed that, in all the time I 
have done, I've never been "piped." I 
think it is because I've always been able 
to smell out the intelligentsia and get 
accepted by them. Contrary to public 
opinion, the muscle-bound morons 
(mind you, not everyone with muscles is 
a moron), or "heavies" as we call them, 
don't run the joint. They do instigate a 
lot of trouble at times, but it is usually 
the "brains" who run the joint and keep 
the lid on things. 

In federal joints, the three categories 
are much the same, but there is also a 
fourth one: guys who claim to be 
straight, but who are hooked up with a 
"buddy." I get a kick out of them. In 
here, they're as straight as I am, but they 
don't see themselves as Gay. If they were 
released tomorrow, they'd be chasing 
the first girl they saw. I guess you could 
call them "circumstantial homosexuals." 
I call them jail-hou.se faggots. Two so- 
called straights can pull off a sixty-nine, 
but boy do they get upset if I make a pass 
at either of them. 

I have found that there are a few guys I 
call "sexual" period. To them, sex is sex 
is getting your rocks off. The means is 
justified by the end. 

Gotta admire them. They get a hell of a 
lot more action than 1 do.D 

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Medical caution and political judgment 

A disease, once it begins to affect entire communities, is no longer a purely medical 
concern. It becomes a public health problem and can be an urgent political issue as 
well. Newsweek, in a recent cover story, suggested that Acquired Immune Deficiency 
Syndrome (AIDS) could represent "the public health threat of the century." Alarm- 
ist overstatement? Possibly, but we cannot afford to ignore its implications for the 
gay community. 

Already we are being urged by many in the medical professions to make drastic 
changes in our sexual and social lives. Even as we each make decisions about our 
own sexual behaviour, even if we decide that it is prudent to lessen exposure to risk 
by reducing the number of our sexual partners, we must also carefully weigh what 
these changes mean for us in both medical and political terms. There are those 
among us who would deny the poUtical dimension, who say that because people are 
dying it is irresponsible to raise political questions. But as yet the medical experts 
have very little concrete knowledge about AIDS and we have every reason at this 
stage to be sceptical of dpfinitive nrononnremenis irom mat quaner. tspeciauy 
when they dovetail so readily with a disapproving sexual ethic that has sought to con- 
trol our lives for other reasons. 

Yes, we know people in our communities are ill. We know, too, that many people 
have died, but we cannot allow our fears and our sorrows to stampede us into refus- 
ing to ask the hard questions. And they are many. 

Since AIDS first began to be identified in 1981 , gay men have been seen to be at 
high risk of contracting the disease. Why, then, have local boards of health taken 
absolutely no initiative in distributing information about the disease to our commun- 
ity and to other groups at risk, such as the Haitians? 

The most obvious priority must be finding the cause and cure for AIDS before 
more people sicken and die. Why have provincial, state and federal governments not 
acted as quickly as possible to fund primary research on AIDS? Why have ministers 
of health been utterly silent about a disease that has already killed more people than 
swine flu, toxic shock and Legionnaire's disease combined? 

All of us — the media, the general public, health organizations, governments — 
rely on the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for much of our information 
about AIDS. Its recommendations directly influence the setting of public policy, as in 
the recent issue of blood transfusions. How do these recommendations come to be 
made? Currently, backup data are not published and there is no way to scrutinize 
either the recommendations or the data. Both shoud be open to review. 

Research projects into AIDS are being set up across the US and Canada but there is 
apparently no way to coordinate or monitor their efforts. The medical estabUshment 
encourages secrecy, fierce competition for funding and individual career-building 
over speedy solutions to health problems. At a recent conference on AIDS in New 
York, two researchers were booed for refusing to divulge study findings before 
publication. Scientific information is being held back. Could that information be 
helping to save Uves right now? 

The gay community is being asked to provide many of the volunteers for AIDS 
research projects. How do we know if all of these projects are equally sound in terms 
of methodology, protection of privacy and medical ethics? If we are going to provide 
the human resources, we have the right to demand some kind of expert peer- 
community review to assess the relative scientific merits of these experiments. 

AIDS may represent the most serious challenge the gay communities in Canada 
and the US have ever had to face. Already there are ominous signs that our enemies 
may use the issue to push us back into the closet — or worse. Our task is to find the 
right balance of medical caution and political judgment to take us through the dif- 
ficult period that may lie ahead for us. D 



Ring around the censor 



Mrs Mary Brown. Who could be so hard-hearted, so callous, so perverse, as to enjoy 
the misfortunes of anyone named Mrs Mary Brown? 

Well, we confess. Gleefully, gloatingly, we watch as her sorrows multiply. Mrs 
Mary Brown is the chairman — if you please — of the Ontario Board of Film Cen- 
sors. In March the Ontario Supreme Court tracked dirt all over Mrs Mary Brown's 
nice clean floors. The Court ruled that the Board's activities were contrary to the 
Charter of Rights and Freedoms because the principles by which it decided what to 
cut and what to ban are not spelled out in law. 

We are mean enough to hope that Mrs M£U7 Brown is beginning to feel unwanted. 
It seems Mrs Mary Brown thinks a woman's work is never done — especially if that 
woman is Mrs Mary Brown. Speaking in February to a meeting of Canadians for 
Decency, Mrs Mary Brown revealed to a startled public that many general-release 
movies — Coming Home, Teenage Beach Party and Endless Love were named — are 
promoting promiscuity and undermining marriage, faith and respect for authority. 
Obviously, it has dawned on Mrs Mary Brown that simply snipping out naughty pic- 
tures is an essentially trivial job that gets rid of only surface dirt. To get Ontario satis- 
fyingly, deep-down clean, to get out that ground-in dirt, she's got to have the power 
to detect and excise dangerous ideas before they spread. 

We're foolish enough to hope that the court decision has caused Mrs Mary Brown 
to throw down her mop in despair. The Court did not rule on the constitutionality of 
censorship itself, but it did take a step in a more democratic direction, large enough 
to allow ourselves the thought that the Board may be destined to die the way it has 
lived: by a thousand small cuts. 

So, start packing up your mops and your scouring pads, Mrs Mary Brown. May 
your floors never be clean again. D 



8/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



A look at the political economy of police entrapment 

Cruising forafeweasy dollars 



He's the trick all gay men try to 
avoid but to whom many fall vic- 
tim. He's the cop pretending not 
to be a cop who hangs around 
parks, washrooms and cinemas, 
making believe he'd like to have sex and 
then arresting whoever responds. And 
you don't even have to touch him. 

Undercover surveillance and entrap- 
ment are tactics Metro Toronto police 
know well. They should. At least 392 
men have gone to court in Old City Hall 
since last July charged with gross inde- 
cency, committing an indecent act, com- 
mitting indecent assault or a combina- 
tion of the three. These figures, com- 
piled by the Courtwatch programme of 
the Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC), 
do not include cases heard in Scarbor- 
ough, North York, Etobicoke or down- 
town in the College Park provincial 
courtrooms. Most of the charges result 
from undercover police surveillance. 
They all involve allegations of gay sex. 

The cops have honed their act so that 
even the most streetwise men are taken 
in. A 44-year-old man who lives near 
High Park went into Cinema 2000 on 
Yonge Street one afternoon last fall and 
sat next to a good-looking man who 
rubbed his leg and made him horny. 
Then a cop came through the rear doors, 
walked to the front and arrested two 
men who seemed to have been having 
sex. The cop led them away and Charles 
(not his real name) said: "I'm going out- 
side to see if the cop has a partner." He 
didn't see anyone, so Charles sat down 
again and felt what the other guy had. 
"You're under arrest," the other guy 
said. Charles had found his partner. 

"You stupid fucker," Charles said to 
himself. "You're old enough to have 
better sense." Fortunately, Charles 
pleaded not guiUy to indecent assault 
and was acquitted by a judge who be- 
lieved him when he said he thought the 
man had consented (an important ele- 
ment of the defence agciinst an assault 
charge, but irrelevant in indecency busts 
where even "entrapment" is not a 
defence). 

The undercover cop performs well in 
washrooms, too. He'll put his hand on 
his crotch and pr6ss his body to the urin- 
al. He'll pretend to expose his cock, 
stare at the victim and make motions 
with his head, as if to get a look at the 
victim's cock. If the victim gets a hard- 
on or touches the cop's cock, he's 
charged. Cops sometimes work in pairs, 
pretending to cruise each other to 
remove a target's doubts. 

The locations of the arrests keep 
changing. Some, however, are notor- 
ious. The third-floor washroom in the 
Hudson's Bay Company store at the cor- 
ner of Bloor and Yonge Streets has pro- 
duced scores of arrests. So many men 
were being arrested there during the 1981 
Christmas holidays that the Gay Com- 
munity Council (GCC) resorted to leaf- 
letting shoppers to warn them the cops 
were invading their privacy. 

Other Bay washrooms, as well as 
those in the nearby Cumberland Terrace 
shopping centre, have also yielded their 
share of arrests. So have washrooms in 
the Eaton Centre (especially the one on 
the seventh floor of Eaton's), the Royal 




York Hotel, subway stations. North 
York's Fairview Mall and numerous 
other places. 

Police Chief Jack Ackroyd recently 
told Ward Six alderman Jack Layton that 
he issued instructions 18 months ago to 
discontinue police undercover work in 
washrooms unless surveillance was re- 
quested by a building's management. 
Ackroyd spoke to Layton privately after 
a public hearing on the 1983 budget for 
Metropolitan Toronto during which 
Layton had observed that such work is a 
waste of tax money. 

At the March 11 hearing, the GCC 
repeated the call for a moratorium on 
park and washroom arrests made in the 
city's own report on police-gay relations 
produced by Arnold Bruner in the fall of 
1981. "The overwhelming majority of 
those individuals arrested are arrested 
alone," the GCC said, claiming that such 
arrests involve entrapment. "The only 
person with whom the accused has had 
contact is the arresting officer." 

Says Layton: "It appears that, as a 
result of raising the issue before the 
budget subcommittee and before the 
police commission, (Ackroyd's) instruc- 
tion has been reactivated." Ackroyd also 
says that in future the police will notify 
Layton when they're asked to undertake 
undercover surveillance, as long as the 
management that makes the request is 
willing to have Layton informed. It re- 
mains to be seen whether such notifica- 
tion will be made — and whether under- 



cover cops will now spend the extra time 
making arrests in parks and cinemas in- 
stead, where, Layton says, Ackroyd's 
instruction probably doesn't apply. 

There is no way of knowing how 
many, if any, complaints from the public 
are received about men having sex in 
parks, washrooms and Yonge Street 
cinemas like the Rio, Biltmore and 
Cinema 2000. The evidence suggests 
none are. George Smith explained why 
in a recent article in Action, the newslet- 
ter of the Right to Privacy Committee. 

"People seldom have sex in public. 
Even in a public place, they take some 
measures, no matter how minimal, to 
protect their privacy. The best evidence 
for this is that arrests on charges for 
public sex are rarely straightforward. 

"Instead, what we see is they usually 
result from very elaborate spying activi- 
ties on the part of the police: everything 
from entrapment practices, to two-way 
mirrors, to the use of infrared film and 
specially constructed peep holes, to say 
nothing of prowling through the under- 
growth of public parks late at night. If 
people were having sex in public none of 
these activities would be necessary." 

Men who cruise washrooms say the 
cruising is so subtle that those men who 
aren't interested don't know it's going 
on. "There's a look in people's eyes that 
says they're looking for sex and they're 
interested in you," says a man who 
cruised the Bay washroom when he 
worked in the store a number of years 



ago. "There's no talking. There's no 
need for any." 

Arnold Bruner noted the same thing 
in his report. "The surprising thing for a 
heterosexual observing these activities. . . 
is the apparent absence of aggressive- 
ness. 'Getting sex' this way is a matter of 
almost wordless offer and acceptance, 
and when there is no acceptance, the of- 
ferer walks quietly on." 

The men who have this kind of sex 
aren't necessarily the pathetic people 
they're sometimes made out to be. Some 
are happily married and don't go to gay 
bars and steambaths, choosing instead 
to find gay sex the way we all did before 
there were such places. Others are sim- 
ply too young to go to bars and baths. 
And some, such as Charles, like the 
butch, bisexual men who go to Cinema 
2(XX) late in the afternoon. 

A politically active university student 
found out in his early teens that he could 
have sex in the washrooms not far from 
where he lived in Mississauga. "It was a 
wonderful discovery," he says. He's old 
enough to go other places now but still 
likes to have washroom sex once in a 
while. A hairy, good-looking 23-year-old 
who works as an accountant for a multi- 
national corporation likes to walk in the 
park near his apartment before he goes 
to bed. "I don't go out planning to have 
sex but I don't mind if it happens," he 
says. "Having it outdoors is a nice 
change." 

As George Smith explains, however, 
the state would prefer to regulate our 
sexual lives. "The government prohibits 
sex 'in public' by decree. But what does 
'public' mean? Section 158 of the (Crim- 
inal) Code, the section which legalizes 
homosexuality, goes on to say that not 
only is a sexual act pubhc and therefore 
illegal if it is committed in a public place, 
it is also a public act if more than two 
people are present. This means that what 
is 'public,' and illegal as far as sex is con- 
cerned, is very broadly defined. It refers 
to all possible situations but one — two 
individuals behind a locked door — es- 
sentially relegating all sexual activity to 
the bedroom." 

Regulating sexual activity is both luc- 
rative and easy work for the police. 
"There are the economics of law en- 
forcement," says lawyer Peter Maloney. 
"You drop in your line at a park, cinema 
or washroom and it's not hard to catch 
something." For such financially re- 
warding work, entrapment doesn't seem 
to require much exertion. "A trial only 
lasts 20 minutes or half an hour. And the 
overtime pays policemen good money," 
Maloney points out. 

The cop's gain is usually the victim's 
loss. Charles, for example, was unem- 
ployed when he was charged at Cinema 
2000 and spent the last $600 of his sav- 
ings to hire a lawyer. "1 couldn't really 
afford it," he says. "When 1 made the 
commitment to the lawyer, 1 had just 
been called back to work. But 1 got laid 
off again a couple of weeks later." 
Charles was acquitted but won't see his 
$600 again. Still, he's happy he pleaded 
not guilty. "1 feel good about having 
stood up to them." 

Dennis Findlay, coordinator of Court- 
watch, says Charles did the right thing. 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/9 



"There's no defence for a guilty plea," 
Findlay says. "You can't win if you ad- 
mit defeat right off the bat." 

"If officers have a quota of arrests 
they must obtain — and think in terms 
of forwarding their careers — these are 
easy arrests to make," Maloney seiid. 

In fact management and staff at de- 
partment stores and cinemas often make 
the cops' work as easy as possible. For 
example, cops have testified that they go 
into Cinema 2000 without paying the 
three-dollar admission. It's hard for 
owner Harvey Miller to complain, how- 
ever, because there was a time when uni- 
formed police would go in and drag 
people away in handcuffs and tears. 
That was bad for business. At least the 
undercover cops are discreet. 

Security staff at Eaton's and the Bay 
often accompany the cop and his victim 
to the security office, where the accused 
is asked to sign a form saying he won't 
come back on the premises. The form 
used at the Bay reads in part: "Take 
notice that should you at any future time 
enter in the premises of the (Hudson's 
Bay) Company, you may be charged 
with an offence Uable up to a fine of one 
thousand dollcu-s and for the costs of the 
prosecution, pursuant to the provisions 
of the (provincial) Trespass to Property 
Act." You have to sign the police papers 
but not the Bay's and Eaton's forms, 
though they're legally binding once 
they've been served on you, whether you 
sign them or not. 

It's at this time that many cops tell 
their victims that since the charges aren't 
serious, they should plead guilty. 
William Whiteside, one of the 16 plain- 
clothes officers at 52 Division who do 
this kind of work, charged a middle- 
aged man in the seventh floor Eaton's 
washroom and said: "It's as mundane as 
a driving summons." The man went to 
court intending to plead guilty but 
changed his mind when someone ap- 
peared ahead of him on a similar charge 
and was told to pay $200 or serve 20 
days, despite a Crown recommendation 
for discharge. 

"Most judges feel these are nuisance 
offences and don't have to be dealt with 
too severely," says Paul TroUope, a 
lawyer who often handles these cases. 
"Others have expressed the opinion that 
the police are wasting money. But still 
others remark about the prevalence of 
the cases. Some figure it's so prevalent 
they should try to stamp it out. Some 
judges are hinting they'll increase their 
sentences." 

To The Body Politic's knowledge, no 
court has ever found that arrests such as 
these by undercover officers constitute 
entrapment in the legal sense, and no 
lawyer has proposed such a defence, be- 
cause there would have to be evidence 
that the cop used coercion. So convic- 
tions are obtained almost as easily as 
arrests are made. 
Going to the right lawyer is important 




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and, as Paul TroUope says, you won't 
always find him or her in the Yellow 
Pages. "There are lawyers far too will- 
ing to plead people guihy when there's a 
defence," he says. "Lawyers who are 
too busy to put sufficient energy into a 
case. Lawyers who are too willing to bar- 



AWARDS 



gain: plead guilty to the indecent act and 
the Crown will drop the gross indecency." 

Courtwatch has a list of 25 lawyers, 
about a quarter of whom are gay. 
They're used to handling these cases and 
charge reasonably: between $600 and 
$700 is about right. Legal aid might be 



available if you can't afford a lawyer. 
Courtwatch can also tell you about that. 

One of the reasons many accused in- 
sist on pleading guilty, often against the 
advice of lawyers, is so they won't have 
to testify, which can be a terrifying ex- 
perience. A 22-year-old man who recent- 
ly graduated from university says final 
exams were never as upsetting as his 
court appearance last January. "Just 
being there makes you feel like a 
criminal." 

Your day in court will be easier if you 
become familiar with the process before 
it's your turn to go through it. Visit Old 
City Hedl or the court house where you 
will appear and take a look at the court- 
room in which your trial will be held. 
You can also sit in on similar cases. 

Peter Maloney says most people get 
more upset than the circumstances war- 
rant. "Most employers don't ask if you 
have a criminal record when you apply 
for a job," he says. "And the news- 
papers don't cover these things. The 
reporters £u-e over in County Court 
covering something important." 

If you need help, telephone The Body 
Politic at 977-6320 or visit Courtwatch in 
Room 33 7 of Old City Hall. 

Tom Stroud D 

Tom Stroud is the pseudonym of a Toronto 
writer who cannot use his own name because 
of contractual obligations. 



10/THE BODY POLITIC 





ACTRA doesn't honour just Its own: 

renowned Toronto gay activist and long-time 
TBP contributor Mictiael Riordon (above) took 
home a Nellie (yes, that's what they call the 
little buggers) for best radio-drama writing 
for his play Quiet In the Hills, about liberation 
struggles in Central America, which was per- 
formed on CBC radio. 

The good guys don't always finish last: 

renegade Ontario FM radio station CFNY pre- 
sented the third annual U-Know awards (pro- 
gramme director Dave Marsden's answer to 
the music industry's Junos) at the Royal York 
Hotel on April 4 — and everyone was there. 
Who's everyone? You know — everyone: 
Ivan (a man without a hat) was there to pre- 
sent an award to Carole Pope (who was there 
— top left with Kevin Staples); Lene Lovich 
was there to present an award to Carole Pope 
(who was there): even I was there. 

The surprise of the event was a special 
achievement award for ^illy (Buzz) Bryans 
(bottom left), the mad drummer of Mama 
Ouilla II and Parachute Club fame. Vocalist 
Lorraine Segato (with Bryans, also of MQii 
and Parachute Club and easily the most 
promising female of any year) was voted 
most promising female of the year. 

Neither Anne tVlurray nor Glenn Gould 
attended. EdnaBarkerO 



MAY 1983 



CENSORSHIP 



Attack and retreat: pom control law in doubt 



TORONTO — One of the few certain- 
ties of the current debate on pornogra- 
phy is that smut sells. It sells magazines, 
films and video tapes to the tune of mil- 
lions of dollars a year. And it also sells 
newspapers. Hardly a day goes by when 
the daily papers aren't full of news and 
comment for and against pornography. 
Secondhand goods, mind you, but they 
still sell. 

So, when politicians enter the debate, 
their position is likely to arrive on the 
doorsteps of the electorate via the front 
pages of the morning papers. And fence- 
sitting is rarely allowed: neither side will 
permit an elected official to remain silent 
in this important, and very public, dis- 
cussion — much more public than the 
material itself can ever hope to be. 

Ever mindful of public opinion, the 
politicians at Metropolitan Toronto 
Council have managed to come out on 
both sides of the fence. After several 
months of emotional and widely publi- 
cized debate, council voted March 13 in 
favour of a bylaw controlling the display 
of sexually expUcit materials. Less than a 
month later they suspended enforcement 
of the same regulation pending further 
study of two crucial sections, and a 
report on the cost and logistics of im- 
plementing the legislation. 

The bylaw requires that retailers sell- 
ing sexually explicit magazines and 
books be Ucensed at an annual fee of 
$28. It requires that "adult books and 
magazines" be places at least 1.5 metres 
above floor level and displayed behind 
an opaque barrier so that only the titles 
are visible. 

The legislation defines "adult books 
and magazines" as those which feature 
"or could be characterized by the pictor- 
ial depiction of female breasts and /or 
the genitalia, or pubic or anal areas of 
the human body." The magazines must 
"appeal to or be designed to appeal to 
sexual or erotic inclinations." 

Both the attack and the retreat were 
led by Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton. His 
campaign against "increasingly graphic 
and expUcit" magazine covers began last 
August, timed to coincide with the an- 
nouncement of his law and moraUty can- 
didacy in the November elections. Fol- 
lowing the presentation of petitions 
from more than 1,000 local businessper- 
sons and the threat that the new legis- 
lation would be challenged in court, 
Eggleton asked Metro Council to send 
the bylaw back to the Legislation and 
Licensing Committee for further 
refinement. 

The mayor claimed that the $28 licens- 
ing fee constituted an unnecessary bur- 
den to small businesses. He also asked 
that the definition of regulated materials 
be changed to ensure that "serious 
works of art" would not be affected. 

Eggleton protests that he is still in 
favour of regulating the display of porn- 
ography. "I strongly support the basic 
provisions and principles of this bylaw," 
he told council April 12. "Sex education 
should not be left in the hands of retail 
merchants." 

On the other hand, as Scarborough 
Controller Carol Ruddell charged, the 
proposed changes may weaken the law. 
Metro Solicitor P G Joy explained to 
council that without the licensing re- 
quirement the legislation is effectively 
declawed. Metro would be forced to "go 
through a two- to three-year prosecution 
process" to enforce infractions, Joy 



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explained. 

Metro Toronto is not the first south- 
ern Ontario municipality to pass display 
regulations. Hamilton, Aurora, New- 
market and Markham have implemented 
similar measures (see TBP, March). 
Under Section 222 of the Municipal Act, 
Ontario municipalities can regulate and 
license "adult entertainment parlours." 
Yet the legality of licensing milk and var- 
iety stores under this provision is un- 
clear. The only such bylaw so far to be 
tested in court was Hamilton's. It was 
ruled invalid by the Ontario Court of 
Appeal January 17 due to its vague and 
uncertain wording. The court, however, 
avoided the issue of whether or not the 
bylaw was unconstitutional as the appli- 
cants had charged. 

It is obvious why porn-display control 
is attractive to politicians. The condem- 
nation of pornography appeals to a 
spectrum of their constituents that 
ranges from conservative fundamental- 
ists to concerned feminists. The legisla- 
tion is designed to "protect women and 
children," explains Toronto alderman 



and pro-control advocate June Row- 
lands. And controlling the display of 
pornography is not censorship, protests 
Rowlands. 

The political flip-fiopping at Metro 
Council seems to indicate that neither 
the public nor politicians are very happy. 
Alderman John Sewell was one of those 
who supported the referral of the law 
back to the Legislation and Licensing 
Committee — although he had original- 
ly voted in favour of the regulation. 
"What we as a council have done is 
taken people down a dead-end street," 
he said. Sewell spoke of the need to ad- 
dress the larger issues of the depiction of 
women in all sorts of media. "Simply 
dealing with the display of a certain class 
of magazines won't deal with those big- 
ger issues." 

While it's entertaining to watch politi- 
cians squirming to keep everyone happy, 
porn-display control could have serious 
consequences. The Hamilton bylaw gave 
licensing inspectors and police unlimited 
powers of search and seizure, according 
to the Court of Appeals judgment. 



Eggleton is concerned that the law in its 
present form could restrict the sale of art 
and photography books and magazines. 
And, in an interview with TBP, Senior 
Metro Solicitor George Rust-D'Eye 
agreed that there are no guarantees that 
the law as it stands couldn't be used to 
restrict the sale and distribution of 
magazines like The Body Politic. Rust- 
D'Eye did point to guidelines circulated 
to licensing inspectors which state that 
the law is not intended to apply to "ser- 
ious books on educational or cultural 
subjects." The guidelines also indicate 
that the dominant feature of the mater- 
ial should be the display of the specified 
body parts. 

On the other hand, the guidelines 
clearly state that they are "not a legal 
opinion or a statement of poHcy on 
behalf of the Metropolitan Council." 

It is unclear what form the legislation 
will take when it returns to council. 
Metro Solicitor Joy told council that he 
doubted whether he could come up with 
a clearer definition of "adult mag- 
azines." And when the bylaw will return 
for more debate is anybody's guess. 

During the debate Controller Ruddell 
noted that she had "a lot of difficuhy" 
with Eggleton's stand on the issue. "If 
you want effect, you must implement," 
she charged. "You can't be everybody's 
friend." 

The mayor, it would seem, thinks 
otherwise. Craig Patterson D 



HEALTH 



Red Cross backs off 
donor restraint policy 

TORONTO — The Canadian Red Cross 
Society has decided to scrap a previously 
announced plan to revamp blood donor 
screening procedures aimed at excluding 
volunteers thought to be at risk of trans- 
mitting the disease Acquired Immune 
Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). 

The retreat in poUcy came only a few 
weeks after the Red Cross had hastily 
reacted to media pressure by concurring 
with the US Public Health Service's re- 
quest that high risk groups voluntarily 
refrain from donating blood. Medical 
experts believe that AIDS may be trans- 
mitted through blood, but the evidence 



Censor snipping despite Cliarter 



TORONTO — Mary Brown, chairman of 
the Ontario Board of Film Censors, is not 
yet prepared to throw in her scissors 
despite a ruling by the Supreme Court of 
Ontario that the board is operating in viol- 
ation of Canada's Charter of Rights and 
Freedoms. 

The court decided March 25 that since 
the standards used to cut films "do not 
qualify as law, they cannot be employed so 
as to justify any limitation on expression." 

Brown finds solace in the fact that "the 
court did not say censorship itself was 
outlawed by the charter. It's obvious," 
she added, "that the attorney general's 
office is going to have to do some work 
on this." 

Donald Crosbie, deputy minister of 
consumer and commercial relations, said 
in an interview that he thinks the Crown 
would have won the case if the board's 
working guidelines had been a part of the 
Ontario Theatres Act. 

This act empowers the censor board to 
remove "any portion" of a film or video 
"that it does not approve of for distribu- 
tion in Ontario." According to the board's 



Standard Procedures pamphlet, "Films 
are classified and censored to reflect both 
community standards and the level of 
tolerance indicated by the Ontario public. 
Although no single gauge can be consid- 
ered totally accurate, a constant survey of 
public opinion is maintained." 

The court did rule, however, that the 
guidelines under which the censor board 
operates are open to discretion, saying, 
"however dedicated, competent and well- 
meaning the board may be, that kind of 
regulation cannot be considered as 'law.' " 

"It is accepted that law cannot be 
vague, undefined and totally discretionary. 
Any limits placed on the freedom of ex- 
pression cannot be left to the whim of an 
official; such limits must be articulated 
with some precision or they cannot be con- 
sidered law." 

Charles Campbell, lawyer for the Onta- 
rio Film and Video Appreciation Society, 
a group of film enthusiasts challenging 
four recent board decisions, is confident 
that he and lawyer Lynn King "will elim- 
inate the power of the censor in round 
two." 



"Even if Ontario amends the Theatres 
Act," explains Campbell, "it will still be 
legislating morality, which is the exclusive 
jurisdiction of the federal government in 
the Criminal Code." 

Campbell told rePthat, although 
using obscenity legislation to stop a film 
after it is shown and using the censor 
board to stop it before are both forms of 
censorship, "obscenity legislation is pref- 
erable." While the censor board employs 
censors who are picked by the Tory 
government and who work "behind 
closed doors," obscenity legislation 
"allows a public hearing before jurors 
who are picked at random." 

Chairman Brown, perhaps sensing the 
demise of the Ontario Censor Board, is 
presently urging an amendment of the 
Criminal Code to include "the things the 
community is most concerned about. Cur- 
rently the public is most concerned with 
violence and sexual exploitation of child- 
ren portrayed in some films," she said. 

Meanwhile, the Ontario Supreme Court 
decision is being appealed by both the 
Crown and the Ontario Film and Video 
Appreciation Society. Until a final decision 
is reached the censor board will continue 
to snip as usual. 

I)ann> Cockrriinel^ 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/11 



is not conclusive, and there have been no 
blood-linked cases confirmed in Can- 
ada. Sexually active gay men and recent 
Haitian immigrants are the two major 
groups whose blood has been deemed 
risky because of the high incidence of 
AIDS in those communities. 

The one procedural change the Red 
Cross will make is to add a preamble to 
an already existing questionnaire. Ac- 
cording to Red Cross spokesperson Dr 
John Derrick, the society's medical dir- 
ectors thought the existing questions 
were "adequate to determine if a person 
was in a state of good health." The new 
preamble will read: "Thank you for 
your gift of blood. In order to protect 
you and the recipient of your blood, it is 
important that you be in good health. 
Please read these questions carefully 
each time you give. If your answer is yes 
to any question, notify the nurse." 

There will be no questions on sexual 
orientation or racial origin. 

The focus of media attention on the 
Red Cross statement has left the organi- 
zation scrambling to patch up its public 
image. Criticism was particularly severe 
from Montreal's Haitian community, 
which picketed Red Cross headquarters 
and labeled the call for donor restraint 
racist. According to Eva Bart, Red 
Cross public relations spokesperson in 
Toronto, the controversy over AIDS may 
have also contributed to a serious short- 
age of blood available for transfusions 
over the Easter holiday period. 



While the media were putting the Red 
Cross in the hot seat, government health 
officials at all levels remained silent on 
the issue of AIDS. In Toronto, the local 
board of health so far has taken no ini- 
tiative to disseminate urgently needed in- 
formation about AIDS to the gay com- 
munity, despite the fact that gay men are 
considered one of the high-risk groups. 
Both the provincial minister of health, 
Larry Grossman, and the federal minis- 
ter of health and welfare, Monique 
Begin, have yet to indicate what priority 
their governments will give to AIDS 
research funding. "To this point, she 
hasn't done anything," a spokesperson 
in Begin's office told TBP. 

The first test will come with the 
response to a $1.5 million request for 
funding from the provincial government 
by a Toronto research project. The long- 
range study, to be directed by University 
of Toronto epidemiologists Dr Colin 
Soskolne and Dr Randy Coates, will at- 
tempt to correlate AIDS with degrees of 
sexual activity in gay men. One of the 
project's assumptions is that the inci- 
dence of AIDS will increase sharply in 
Toronto and research facilities can be in 
place from the onset to monitor the ad- 
vance of the disease. It may take several 
weeks before the project's committee 
finds out whether or not the provincial 
government will make good its behind- 
the-scenes promise to fund the study. 

At the present time, the incidence of 
AIDS in Canada remains comparatively 



small. As of April 15, there were 31 
reported victims, according to Dr Gordon 
Jessamine of Ottawa's Laboratory Centre 
for Disease Control (LCDC). Of these, 19 
are known to be gay or bisexual. The 
other Canadian group reporting a signifi- 
cant number of AIDS cases are recent 
Haitian immigrants. Researchers do not 
know what factors, if any, connect the 
two groups. In both the US and Canada it 
has been difficult to determine whether 
any of the Haitian patients are also gay. 
Dr Jessamine's office now reports four 
homosexuals among the 13 Canadian 
Haitian patients. 

Because of the lack of knowledge 
about the disease, AIDS statistics are not 
extremely reliable in Canada at present. 
LCDC figures, for example, report only 
three cases in Toronto, but doctors in 
that city who regularly see patients with 
AIDS-like symptoms claim the figure is 
closer to seven. 

AIDS is not yet a "reportable" or 
"notifiable" disease in Canada. Once 
provincial legislation makes a disease re- 
portable, physicians are required by law 
to notify the local board of health of any 
patient who fits an official case defini- 
tion of the disease. So far, only the prov- 
ince of British Columbia has made AIDS 
reportable and it's "now being consid- 
ered" in Ontario, according to Kathleen 
Renyo, communications officer with the 
Ontario ministry of health. She said the 
new legislation would be part of an 
overall revamping of regulations for a 



Cops seek help in murder cases 



TORONTO — Metro police are asking 
for help in solving the separate murders 
of two Toronto gay men found stabbed to 
death in their apartments within a recent 
three-week period. 

The body of Graham Pearce, a 36- 
year-old teacher, was discovered by his 
roommate in his High Park highrise 
apartment shortly after noon on Sunday, 
March 20. The previous night, Pearce 
had gone for a drink with a friend to the 
gay bar, Boots, and later to Stages disco 
on Yonge Street. He and his friend 
danced untU 3:15 am, walked up Yonge St 
and parted company at Wellesley St at 
3:30 am. Pearce was last seen walking 
west on Wellesley St in the direction of a 
parking lot where his car was parked. 

According to Metro Police Homicide 
Squad officer Sgt Brian Raybould, 
Pearce was wearing blue jeans, blue 
T-shirt and a dark bomber jacket at the 
time. Raybould described Pearce as 5 ft 8 
inches, stockily built with dark brown 
hair going to bald. Although the photo 
released by police shows Pearce wearing 
glasses, he always wore contact lenses 
when downtown. 

Less than three weeks later, at 1 1 pm 
on April 5, police and the fire department 
were called to extinguish a fire in a con- 
dominium in the East York apartment 
complex of Crescent Town. After the fire 
was put out, police discovered the nude 
body of Donald Weir in the bathtub. The 
50- year-old Weir had died of multiple 
stab wounds. 

Homicide's Staff-Sgt Don Sangster 
said Weir was last seen in a store in Cres- 
cent Town at 6 pm on the day of the mur- 
der. Earlier in the day he had also been 
seen in a bank and a couple of hotels on 
Danforth Ave. "We don't know if he was 
in the bars that night," Sangster told 
TBP, although it is known that he occa- 
sionally drank at Boots and the Quest. 
Waiters at both bars do not recall seeing 
him that night. Weir's roommate recently 
returned from a holiday out of the prov- 



ince. Police say he reported certain prop- 
erty was missing from the apartment. 

According to the investigating officers, 
there are no definite suspects in either 
case at the moment. The local media have 
attempted to link the murders ("Fatal 
pattern haunts gays," screamed one Tor- 
onto Sun headline) but police were more 
cautious. "There isn't anything that con- 
nects the two," Staff-Sgt Tom Milne 
stated flatly. 

Sgt Raybould said police were checking 
out hustlers and street people in the 
downtown area. He said a number of 
men were under investigation, and men- 
tioned a list of individuals known to fre- 
quent downtown bars. "We're not having 
much luck," Staff-Sgt Sangster admitted. 

Initial media coverage of the murders 
did not mention the sexual orientation of 
the victims. It was only after the Weir 
death that the Sun began to stress the gay 
connection. "We've never reported this 
as a homosexual killing," Sgt Raybould 




said. Although he said there were no offi- 
cial police guidelines on the matter, "my 
decision is that you're in big trouble if 
you brand a killing a gay killing. First of 
all, how do you know it is? One of these 
days we'll have one that isn't. Besides," 
he added, "there's a Charter of Rights in 
this country now." 

"We don't mention anyone's life- 
style," said Staff-Sgt Sangster, "but 
there's no harm in mentioning the bars 
the deceased went to." 

Both Sangster and Raybould said that 
members of the gay community have 
been cooperative in coming forward with 
information. "There's been a great res- 
ponse from people," Sgt Raybould said. 

Police are continuing to ask for assis- 
tance. If anyone remembers seeing either 
of the deceased in the company of anoth- 
er individual in the hours immediately 
preceding their deaths, or if they have any 
other information, call the Homicide 
Squad at %7-2375. rap's news depart- 
ment (977-6320) will pass on information 
from anyone who does not feel comfort- 
able dealing with the police. 

Ed Jackson D 

The two most recent victims: Donald Wier 
(left) and Graham Pearce (below). Police 
want to hear from those who saw either man. 




revised Health Protections Act. 

The issue of AIDS reportability will 
be among the topics discussed May 20 at 
a Toronto meeting of federal and prov- 
incial health officials, Dr Jessamine told 
TBP. This meeting of the Advisory Com- 
mittee on Epidemiology will be attended 
by representatives from the federal gov- 
ernment and all provinces except 
Quebec, which prefers to monitor health 
problems independently. 

Meanwhile, Toronto's gay commun- 
ity, like many others in cities across the 
US, has begun to take steps to organize 
itself to deal with AIDS issues. An April 
8 public forum, organized by Gays in 
Health Care (GHC), drew more than 300 
people to hear gay physicians and re- 
searchers talk about the current state of 
medical knowledge and the political 
dimensions of AIDS. An information 
pamphlet, a joint pubhcation of GHC 
and Hassle Free Clinic, has been printed 
emd is being revised for wider distribu- 
tion. The first meeting of an AIDS um- 
brella organization occured in late April. 
The group will attempt to coordinate 
community response to AIDS — patient 
support, media relations, research 
review, publications and political 
direction. 

Ed Jackson D 



TORONTO BEAT 



Crime biz picks up, 
Metro police claim 

"The Charter (of Rights) is going to turn 
more criminals loose on the streets, 
make more money for the lawyers who 
drafted it and put the safety of citizens 
in jeopardy," Paul Walter, president of 
the Metro Toronto Pohce Association 
claimed recently. He was referring to 
court decisions based on the charter. 
This paranoid vision of lawlessness 
hasn't extended to hacking away at the 
contents of pohce coffers, however. Just 
the opposite. A Metro council subcom- 
mittee recently approved a $288.7 mil- 
lion budget for the Metro Toronto Pol- 
ice for 1983. The budget is an increase of 
almost 8 percent over last year and in- 
cludes $6 million to the Intelligence Unit 
and $2.7 milHon to the Morality Squad. 
It took the committee five minutes to ap- 
prove the budget, which also featured a 
hefty hike for reward money and pay- 
ments to informers. "Information 
doesn't come cheap anymore," Staff 
Supt William McCormack said of the 
$200,000 allocation. 

Soldier of misfortune. Karl von Goetz, 

founder of the League Against 
Homosexuals group that surfaced brief- 
ly during George Hislop's aldermanic 
campaign in the 1980 Toronto civic elec- 
tion, was in the news again recently. The 
April 4 Toronto Sun reported that von 
Goetz, a former mercenary with the 
Rhodesian army, had mislaid his 
favourite Hve hand grenade. Von Goetz, 
who claimed it was a "going-away pre- 
sent" from his army pals, lost the device 
while moving from one suite to another 
in a Jane Street apartment building. 
Metro Police took a dim view of von 
Goetz's carelessness. They charged him 
with possession of an explosive device. 

Here a fag, there a fag... Imagine the 
surprise of Dudes' Outfitter owner 
David Payne when he looked at a Cana- 
dian Cancer Society donation appeal 
that came in the mail. Beside the Group 
Code category on the return card was 
the word FAG. Now, Dudes' Outfitters, 
a men's clothing store, is a gay-owned 



12/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



business, but you'd think the cancer 
society would be a bit more diplomatic 
in a fund-drive solicitation. A bit of 
sleuthing produced an explanation. On 
the return envelope, the Group Code 
was spelled out: it stands for "Fashion 
Apparel — Gentlemen." 

One of the first jokes gay real estate 
agents and house-hunting gay men in 
Toronto have to endure is the crack that 
goes something Uke this: "In Cabbage- 
town, there's a FAG in every basement." 
You see, the Toronto Real Estate Board 
standard listings have a Httle Mode of 
Heating box that often contains the 
word FAG. It seems that one of the most 
common forms of house heating is 
Forced Air Gas. 

Where was he then? The Crown attorney 
who unsuccessfully prosecuted The 
Body Politic in its first trial in January 
1979 has just been promoted to the posi- 
tion of deputy Crown attorney for the 
judicial district of York. Jerome Wiley, 
who once described himself during 
7"B/^s trial as "just a simple country 
boy," has apparently learned a few 
tricks from the city slickers. His new 
job, supervising 44 assistant Crown at- 
torneys in the city of Toronto, is one of 
the most powerful positions in the local 
Crown office. 

Meanwhile, Peter Rickaby, the 
nominal Crown attorney of York, in one 
of those mysterious lateral arabesques 
that never get explained, continues to 
clip newspapers somewhere in the 
bowels of the Attorney General's head 
office at 1 8 King St East. 

Sodomitical sophomores. Positive 
Parent's Stew Newton, appearing 
recently on a Hamilton TV talk show, 
had a trenchant comment to make about 
Canada's most prestigious institution of 
higher learning: "The University of 
Toronto is a well-known mecca for 
homosexuals." 



Circumlocution of the year award: 

Toronto city council authorized a grant 
of $600 to Hassle Free Clinic April 18 to 
"defray extraordinary expenses asso- 
ciated with the VD Education Counsel- 
ling Program." City aldermen would 
have been surprised to discover that the 
funds were earmarked to pay the legal 
costs of Robert Trow, a paramedic who 
was in the now-closed Richmond Street 
Health Emporium during the infamous 
February 1981 bath raids. Trow was 
administering VD testing to bath 
patrons as part of Hassle Free's outreach 
programme when he was charged with 
being a found-in in a common bawdy- 
house. His charge, like many others 
from those raids, was dropped at the last 
minute by the Crown, but he still had to 
pay a lawyer. Bureaucrats at city hall 
apparently thought it wiser to downplay 
the real nature of the grant in case the 
right wing on council attempted to block 
it. 

Rumours dept: Pink Ink is coming soon. 
Cj>cu/7isnot dead. 

One mo' lime: The Body Politic heads 
back to court June 13-14. This time it's 
for the Crown's second appeal of the se- 
cond acquittal of the first charge of us- 
ing the mails to transmit immoral, inde- 
cent and scurrilous literature. Five and a 
half years and $100,000 in legal costs 
later, it could be back to square one. The 
venue is County Court, Clayton Ruby 
continues to act for TAP and senior 
Crown law officer Howard Morton will 
be arguing for the Crown. If this keeps 
up, we'll be thinking of TV reruns. 

Ed Jackson I i 




photo © 1983 David Rasmus 



Asguilty asyou are. 



You didn't have to be in a 
Toronto courtroom March 
4 to be found guilty, Hke 
Kevin Orr was. 

Kevin was deemed to be 
in "possession of obscene 
material for the purpose of 
sale' ' after being arrested in 
the April 1982 raid on Glad 
Day Bookshop, one of only 
two gay bookstores in 
Canada. 

Provincial court Judge 
David Vanek ruled, almost 
a year later, that the two 
magazines seized in the raid 
were obscene because they 
depict ' 'indecent acts' ' — in 



other words, simulated gay 
sex. 

Although gay or lesbian 
sex is legal in certain cir- 
cumstances, it's still classi- 



fied in law as "indecent." 
Judge Vanek described what 
gay people do in bed as' 'dis- 
gusting" and "unspeaka- 
bly filthy." He said that if 



I don't think gay sex is obscene. 
Here's my donation to the 

Glad Day Defence Fund 



Name: 
Address: 



City:. 



_Code:. 



Make cheques payable to The Glad Day Defence Fund. 

and mail to: Hamburg /Trollope, Barristers & Solicitors, 
4(X) Dundas Street East. Toronto, Ontario M5A 2A5. 



it's indecent in practice, 
then it's obscene in print. 

Kevin has decided to ap- 
peal that judgment because 
if it's allowed to stand, 
most gay magazines now 
allowed in Canada could be 
ruled illegal. 

Kevin's appeal will prob- 
ably be heard this fall. 
Costs are expected to be as 
high as $9,000. 

If you don't think gay sex 
is obscene, then you should 
give to the Glad Day De- 
fencePund. Because, inour 
opinion, Kevin is no more 
guilty than you are. 



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CANADA NEWS DIGEST 



Clinic withstands opposition 

WINNIPEG — As rap goes to press, Dr 
Henry Morgentaler is scheduled to open 
western Canada's first free-standing 
abortion clinic here. 

Mounting opposition to the proposed 
clinic has been openly encouraged from 
Roman Catholic pulpits. The anti-choice 
campaign has produced a 17-page sup- 
plement to the Winnipeg Free Press, 
published March 30, containing the 
names of 40,000 opponents of the clinic. 

Manitoba Attorney General Roland 
Penner continues to deny the project 
assurances that it will not be prosecuted 
despite the fact that free choice on abor- 
tion is the ruling NDP's policy. And the 
Manitoba College of Physicians and 
Surgeons has threatened to revoke Mor- 
gentaler's Manitoba licence if he violates 
the law in opening the clinic. 

Pro-choice forces were able to turn 
out an equal number of demonstrators 
in response to anti-choice protest de- 
manding the city revoke clinic's building 
permit and to persuade the city not to 
tamper with the permit. 

Gallup polls conducted over the past 
year indicate 73% of the population of 
the prairies support freedom of choice 
on abortion. And Morgentaler, who has 
been acquitted by juries three times on 
charges arising out of the operation of 
his Montreal clinic and who served 10 
months of an 18-month sentence im- 
posed when a higher court overturned 
the first not-guilty verdict, is still confi- 
dent that no jury in a major Canadian 
city will convict him. "Those (earlier) 
trials set legal precedents," he told the 
Toronto Star, "and we shall again ap- 
peal to the public conscience as to 
whether abortion is right or wrong." 

A similar clinic planned for Toronto 
continues to have difficulty finding a 
suitable location. CBD 

Mounties visit sex shop 

MONTREAL — The RCMP have taken 
an interest in Priape, the gay sex shop, 
with what appear to be dubious 
intentions. 

The Mounties have made two visits in 
the space of three months. The first, in 
December, was to the store and the sec- 
ond, on March 16 was to both the store 
and the home of one of its owners. 

The two officers said they were look- 
ing for magazines allegedly brought in 
from the United States by a Montreal 
distributor without payment of import 
duty. According to Priape' s Robert 
Duchaine, the store has never even 
bought material from the man named by 
police. 

"I don't know if you've ever been vis- 
ited at home by the RCMP at 8:30 in the 
morning," Duchaine said, "but it's not 
very pleasant. And when I say they 
searched the house, I mean it. They 
looked in all the rooms, in my closet, in 
my drawers, in the shed out back, in the 
basement, in the car and in the fridge." 

The officers then accompanied Du- 
chaine to the shop and, after inspecting 
importation papers, left without seizing 
any material or laying any charge. KOD 

GO challenges Observer 

OTTAWA — Gays of Ottawa (GO) has 
filed a complaint with the Ontario Press 
Council protesting an editorial entitled 
"Even Canada's queers want full 
rights," published in the January 14 edi- 
tion of the Sarnia Observer 

The editorial, which appeared after 
CBC television's The Fifth Estate aired a 



programme on the expulsion of lesbians 
and gay men from the Canadian Armed 
Forces, referred to gay people as 
"queers," "moral degenerates," "pan- 
sies," "odd-balls" and "perverts" (see 
TBP, March). 

GO has demanded a retraction of the 
editorial, a public apology to the gay 
community, a series of factual articles on 
gay men and lesbians, and a financial 
contribution to the educational work of 
the Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario. 

The April issue of GO Info points out 
that this is not the first time the Observer 
has gratuitously attacked a minority 
group: "During the Second World War, 
when Canada was urgently asked to ac- 
cept Jewish refugees fleeing the certain 
death of Hitler's Europe, the Observer 
urged that before one additional soul 
was allowed to escape to Canada, the 
'races' which had 'the highest percen- 
tage of criminals such as bootleggers and 
gunmen' be identified." 

The Press Council will hold a hearing 
into go's complaint May 6 in Toronto. 
A decision on the matter is expected in 
June. KOD 

Rights activism urged 

OTTAWA — The gay liberation move- 
ment across the country is being urged 
by gay activists in the nation's capital to 
prepare to participate in public hearings 
of the federal Justice and Legal Affairs 
Committee on a private member's bill to 
amend the Canadian Human Rights Act 
to include protection for lesbians and 
gay men. 

"The hearings should be subject to in- 
tensive media coverage and the inevit- 
able right-wing attacks calling up every 
prejudice and superstition imaginable," 
says Gays of Ottawa (GO) vice-president 
Blair Johnston in the April GO Info. 
"GO and other organizations across the 
country must be prepared to provide 
much of the information and back- 
ground required for the committee 
hearings." 

Hearings are expected to begin some- 
time early in May once Bill C676, moved 
by Burnaby MP Svend Robinson and 
seconded by fellow-New Democrat Lynn 
MacDonald on March 9, goes through 
second reading in the House of Com- 
mons. It is assumed the government will 
allow the bill to pass second reading, 
which as we go to press, is expected any 
day now, as a result of assurances from 
Justice Minister Mark MacGuigan made 
last December that he would "facilitate 
the consideration of the matter (of add- 
ing se<ual orientation to the act) by the 
committee." 

Once the bill has passed second read- 
ing, organizations seeking advice on 
how to best contribute to the hearings 
should contact GO at (613) 233-0152 or 
238-1717. CBD 



Our error 



The report on grants to two Vancouver 
gay groups and The Radical Reviewer in 
our April issue was mistakenly attri- 
buted to RS. It was in fact an edited ver- 
sion of a larger article by Richard 
Banner. 



KNOW SOMETHING WE SHOULD? 

Many people get In touch with us when they 
hear something they think the rest of the 

community should know about. 
Good news or bad, police entrapment or a 
special event your group Is holding — we 

want to know about It all. 

Call 977-6320 and ask for Chris Bearchell. 

Discretion assured. 



14/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



DIS CHIMIN A TION 



"No money for you" 
say elected officials 

OTTAWA — In one of the most hotly 
contested battles at city hall this year, the 
municipal government of Ottawa decid- 
ed April 6 to deny continued funding of 
the major local gay organization. 

Gays of Ottawa's grant application 
lost on a tie vote, even though the city's 
Administration, Policy and Priorities 
(APP) Committee had earlier recom- 
mended that $15,000 be allocated. The 
money would have covered the salary of 
go's full-time staff person, who acts as 
the organization's coordinator of volun- 
teers, as well as the liaison between the 
gay community and local social service 
agencies. GO was given $10,000 under 
the same programme last year. 

"We had undertaken a large lobbying 
campaign for the past few months," said 
John Duggan, the staffperson whose 
salary was on the line, "and we knew 
pretty well that the vote was going to 
turn out as it did." 

Nonetheless, the spectators' gallery 
was packed for the debate, as aldermen 
Diane Holmes (Wellington) and Dr Greg 
McDougall (Alta Vista) spoke in favour 
of the proposal. 

McDougall said that gays constitute a 
"legitimate constituency," and that he 
was prepared to respond to criticism 
from voters. He encouraged all other 
aldermen to do the same. 

McDougall, whose ward is not among 
those with a heavy concentration of gay 
people, had earlier persuaded the APP 
Committee to increase its allocation rec- 
ommendation from $10,000 to $15,000, 
saying it was "the least" the city could 
do in view of the wide range of services 
provided by GO. 

Before the debate took place, the Civil 
Liberties Association of the National 
Capital Region sent letters to all cddermen 
and the mayor, expressing concern over 
some comments made by politicians after 
last year's grant was approved, and noti- 
fying them that the association would 
monitor comments this year, looking for 
homophobic statements. 

Alderman Jim Durrell (Riverside), 
who was the only one to speak against 
the proposal, referred to the letter, say- 
ing that he resented any impUcation that 
he was prejudiced. Last year, Durrell's 
most notable comment was: "I don't 
care what they (gays) do in bed, but 
don't expect me to pay for it." 

Duggan noted that the vote split was 
similar to last year's, except that not all 
aldermen showed up for last year's vote. 
This year, funding of GO has been the 
biggest issue at city hall for the last two 
months, and the press had ensured that 
it was to be a high-profile decision. 

GO activists are currently exploring 
other possible means of acquiring funds 
in order to avoid the loss of their staff- 
person. Kevin OrrD 

Official review may 
close Senator House 

VANCOUVER — Senator House, this 
city's troubled half-way house for 
"street kids," could be shut down as the 
result of a newly instituted official 
review, BC Deputy-Minister of Human 
Resources John Noble told reporters 
March 14. The review, which will include 
investigations of the hostel's high staff 
turnover and "low client load," appears 
to have been sparked in part by the com- 



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Sneak preview of a shaker full of talent: f. 

formers at the Gay Community Appeal of 
Toronto's gala event, sctieduled for April 24 
and 25 at Ryerson Ttieatre, find tfiat mixing 
up a fruit cocktail can be a lot of good, 
wholesome fun. 



plaints of fired staff worker Rob Joyce 
and other former staff members (see 
TBP, April). 

Since Senator House was opened in 
1980, it has drawn frequent criticism 
from parents, former staff members and 
the media. In November 1981 it was 
rocked by two widely publicized inci- 
dents involving sexual relationships be- 
tween adult staff and juvenile residents. 
Staff and ex-staff have been agitating 
for a government review since January 
1982, when allegations of extensive in- 
house drug-dealing and the introduction 
of new residents to prostitution first 
appeared in the local press. 

Joyce, an openly gay youth employ- 
ment counsellor at the Senator, was 
privately critical of management poli- 
cies, and was therefore asked by the BC 
attorney general's office in early January 
1982 to "document" specific criminal 
acts at the hostel. He declined, but made 
it known at the Senator that he had re- 
ceived the request. Soon afterward, he 
discovered that management and mem- 
bers of the BC Ministry of Human Re- 
sources Child Abuse Team were con- 
ducting a secret investigation of an alle- 
gation that he had paid a teenage hustler 
for sex. Joyce publicly denied the allega- 
tion, and was fired almost immediately. 
At the time, he told reporters that he felt 
he was being "set up" in order to silence 
his views on policy at the Senator. 

The youth responsible for the allega- 
tion publicly withdrew it in October, but 
Joyce's subsequent attempts to win rein- 
statement lo his job have been unsuc- 
cessful. The newly-announced review 
may prove important to his efforts: it 
represents the BC government's ac- 
knowledgement of the criticisms he and 



others have levelled at the hostel. 

In the meantime, Joyce is continuing 
to seek vindication through the courts. 
Recently, TBP has been made aware that 
he is not the first gay social service 
worker in BC to lose a job in the contro- 
versy surrounding a dubious child-sex 
accusation: another such incident invol- 
ving an anonymous worker occurred in 
April 1980 and was reported on Van- 
couver's Coming Out radio programme 
later in the same year. 

Joyce, however, is the first to be in a 
position to contest publicly the accusa- 
tion. He has recently begun "Operation 



25,000," a nation-wide campaign to 
raise money for legal fees. Anyone 
wishing to contribute may send a cheque 
or money order to the Rob Joyce Legal 
Defence Fund, c/o Gay Rights Union, 
Box 3130 MPO, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X6. 
Richard SummerbellD 



POLICE 



Community angry at 
chicken hawk experts 

VANCOUVER — Two detectives of the 
Vancouver Police vice squad have again 
stirred up the gay community with com- 
ments in the Vancouver Province regard- 
ing "chicken hawks" who are "preying 
on your teenage sons." 

In the fat Sunday, April 3 edition of 
The Province, Detectives George 
Kristensen and Bel Blanchard, self-con- 
fessed "experts in BC on how homosexu- 
als prey on young boys," provided a pic- 
ture of "predators" seducing straight 
boys, 13 to 16 years of ages, after picking 
them up in suburban shopping malls, on 
Vancouver streets and on beaches, in- 
cluding Vancouver's feunous, secluded 
Wreck Beach. "There is never a hint of 
things to come," explained Kristensen. 
The boys were described as not homo- 
sexual, intelligent loners, often from 
professional families as well as group 
homes. When the young men have been 
"broken in," they are allegedly passed 
among friends. 

The one fact at the centre of the stor- 
ies, by staff reporter Bob Hendrickson, 
was the arrest and subsequent guilty plea 
of a 34-year-old man charged with moral 
offences involving three boys aged 13 to 
16. Seven thousand photographs and 
slides of clothed and nude young men 
were seized at the man's apartment in a 
raid by the vice squad. 

The Gay Rights Union sent a protest 
to Mayor Michael Harcourt requesting a 
meeting with him and Vancouver's pol- 
ice chief to discuss what the union called 
"the homophobic hysteria" of these of- 
' ficers "characterizing the gay commun- 
ity as a dangerous, criminal element." 
GRU spokesperson Don Larventz hoped 
that the clearly outdated and biased at- 
titude of these two detectives did not 
represent a change in the Vancouver 
poHce department's expressed desire to 
respect the gay community. GRU also 
protested to The Province that the story 
was no better than "writing about 
greedy Jews, traitorous Japs or drunken 



More nasty quotes 
from crusty Coates 

The irrepressible Robert Coates is at it 
again. Coates, the Tory MP from the 
Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Col- 
chester, was quoted in January's TBP as 
advising a gathering of the Nova Scotia 
chiefs of police that "the more difficult 
we make it to be homosexual, the more 
willing they would be to conform to the 
norms of our society." Since then he has 
told the Halifax Herald-Gazette that 
"since the liberalizing of the laws regard- 
ing homosexuality there has been a very 
obvious growth in the people who are 
associated with that particular lifestyle. 

"We need law and order in order to up- 
hold the religious beliefs of most Canadi- 
ans and the family unit as the foundation 
of our society," he told the Halifax daily 
in response to the assertion from the local 
Gay Alliance for Equality (GAE) that 
"persecution docs not eliminate the capa- 



city to love members of one's own sex." 

Members of GAE were not the only 
ones to take up TBP's suggestion to drop 
Bob Coates a line telling the honourable 
'member what they thought of his state- 
ments. Coates's administrative assistant 
Debra Wright told TAP that about ten 
critical letters have been received from 
Vancouver and 20 from Toronto while the 
only letter from a constituent was in sup- 
port of the MP's sentiments. "Some 
students in Ottawa also sent in this stupid 
paragraph with 50 or so names attached, 
but it could have been one person signing 
them all for all we know." she told TBP. 
Coates responded directly to some of 
his critics with a standard letter thai 
claimed that "my thoughts are those of 
many millions of Canadians who do 
directly equate the erosion in our society 
with the permissiveness of our society that 
allows for unnatural relationships to be 
condoned by society.... These arc my 
views, also the views of a majority of 
Canadians, and ihey will be my views 
regardless of your concern." CBi3 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/15 



Indians." 

The Vancouver Gay Community Cen- 
tre has sent a letter to the poUce/gay 
liaison committee, requesting the pres- 
ence of the two detectives at the liaison's 
next meeting. In addition, many individ- 
uals have phoned city hall and The Prov- 
ince to protest the article. 

A second article by Hendrickson ex- 
plained the work of these Vancouver 
detectives in conjunction with Los 
Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and 
his department's sexually exploited child 
unit. Apparently two young Canadian 
men may have been involved in a Cali- 
fornia pornography operation. 

A third ju-ticle in the same edition, by 
Greg Mclntyre, explained how Green 
Thumb Theatre for Young People was 
touring BC schools with a performance 
that gave the message that a child should 
know "your body is your own... and 
you know if you have a Yes feeUng or a 
No feeling." 

Mclntyre, who wasn't aware of the ar- 
ticle on the two detectives, emphasized 
information that child abuse "most 
often occurs in the child's own home, or 
the home of a relative or friend." 

As of press time, no reply has been 
received from the mayor to GRU's letter. 
Vancouver Writer's Group D 



ON CAMPUS 



Carieton launches 
anti-hate drive 

OTTAWA — In the face of what has been 
characterized as a mounting tendency of 
a small minority of students to attack any 
visible gay presence on campus, Gay 
People at Carieton (GPAC) has won the 
support of a wide range of student organ- 
izations for an anti-hate campaign. 

GPAC cited continual vandalism of the 
club's mural and posters, as well as verbal 
abuse of club members, as primary rea- 
sons for undertaking the three-stage 
campaign. 

It began by orgeuiizing non-gay sup- 
porters, such as the Graduate Student 
Association and the NDP club, who parti- 
cipated in the next two phases of the cam- 
paign. For three days in early March, a 
platoon of students from the various or- 
ganizations distributed leaflets entitled 
"Why you should support gay rights" to 
more than 3,000 people. Stage three con- 
sisted of a rally, March 8, which was ad- 
dressed by representatives of the 
Women's Centre, the Student Associa- 
tion, two union locals and GPAC, and at- 
tended by 120 people. Participants in the 
rally then descended into the university's 
tunnel system, where representatives of 14 
campus groups painted murals in support 
of gay rights. The events were well- 
reported in the Ottawa media. 

Less than 12 hours later, most of the 
murals had been vandalized by students 
who painted graffiti that included swasti- 
kas and the slogans "Kill Fags" and 
"Gay Murals are Offensive to Real 
Men." Much of the graffiti defacing the 
murals was signed "Engineering '86." 

An additional phrase has been added 
to the anti-hate campaign — GPAC's res- 
ponse — which will include a call to stu- 
dents to wear a specially prepared button 
consisting of the words "You can't deface 
us all" inscribed on a pink triangle. 

GPAC members already report some 
success in their attempt to sensitize the 
Carieton University campus. A professor 
intervened when he saw three students in 
the process of defacing a mural. Campus 
security wjis called in and legal action is 
now being pursued in order to make an 
example of these students. 

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Student papers on university and college campuses across Canada are no longer seen as the radical bastions they once were in the heady days 
of revolutionary zeal of the sixties. Poor economic times have sapped that zeal from many students who, interested in the rare commodities of a 
job and security, now largely constitute a very conservative element. So it came as a pleasant surprise when gay and lesbian issues of student 
newspaper started popping up across the country this spring. A motion passed at the Christmas conference of the Canadian University Press 
(CUP) endorsed lesbian and gay rights and encouraged CUP members to produce the special issues. Eleven of the 54 members took up the task 
of spreading the queer word to straight and, perhaps more importantly, closeted gay students. In addition to the seven publications pictured 
here The Campus (Bishops, Lennoxville), The Martlet (U of Victoria), The Bricklayer (Red Deer Community College), and The Capilarto Courier 
(North Vancouver) distributed special issues. 

Student reactions varied widely. On some campuses, special editions were simply greeted like the coverage of yet another controversial 
issue. On others, however, they provoked incidents of queerbashing and vandalism (see TBP, January and April). Not only did these papers 
contain the traditional "What is a homosexual?" or ' 'A gay in the family" type of articles, they also included book, music and art reviews, in- 
terviews with gay faculty, and features on the local gay community or such problems as those of racism and ageism within the community. Lots 
of pink ink manufacturers must have been happy. And, hopefully, it was all soaked up by student newspaper readers across the country. KOO 



16/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



Voices from the wilds through The Open Door 



TERRACE, BC — The first issue of The 
Open Door: Rural Lesbian Newsletter 
was published in March by a collective 
of rural lesbians working within the Bri- 
tish Columbia Federation of Women. 
The highlight of issue one is a feature en- 
titled "Northern Lebians Speak Out." 
By means of a standard dialogue format, 
the voices of four women weave individ- 
ual experiences of and perspectives on 
lesbianism into a compelling collective 
coming-out tale. Their stories, like the 
newsletter itself, take the reader through 
pain, isolation and anger to determin- 
ation, pride and humour. 

The rest of the publication consists of 
news, reviews, poetry, satire, interesting 
graphics and a page of regional contacts. 
I look forward some day to an issue of 
The Open Door with full names and 
photographs; with the strength and com- 
munity these women are developing, 
that day is not far off. 

Subscribe by making a donation to 
The Open Door, c/o BCFW Lesbian 
Subcommittee, Nelson Women's Cen- 
tre, Nelson BC VIL 4E3. 

Ontario group forms 

CORNWALL, ON — A new Eastern 
Ontario gay organization has been grow- 
ing rapidly since it first began meeting 
here last December. Gays of Cornwall 
had ten people at it first meeting, 20 peo- 
ple at its second and 30 at its third 
gathering. The group is in touch with 
about 60 gay women and men in the area 
and can be contacted by writing Box 
211, Cornwall, ON K6H 5S7. 

Rural phoneline takes off 

CARIBOU, ME — The inter-provmcial 
(Quebec-New Brunswick), international 
(Canada-US), bilingual (French- 
English) orgemization Northern Lambda 
Nord has weathered the launching of 
one of the continent's first rurjil phone- 
lines. The trouble began after the local 
phone company ignored their request 
not to publish the phoneline's address. 
The phone was installed in a home on a 
short road with only 25 other houses on 
it. It was not long before hostile people 
in this small northern Maine community 
had determined, by process of elimina- 
tion, which house the phoneline was in. 
Motorists began shouting abuse and 
throwing garbage at the house and its 
residents. Things are quieter now and 
the line, which is staffed Tuesdays and 
Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm (Maine 
time), is currently receiving two or three 
legitimate calls an evening. NLN is inter- 
ested in receiving phoneline guidelines 
from other organizations. See listing. 

Wfiat the Doc ordered 

HALIFAX — Gay Alliance for Equality 
(GAE) has been publishing a spunky lit- 
tle newsletter called Dr Barry 's Royal 
Commission on the Non-Medical Uses 
of Love, Sex and Politics under the edi- 
torship of Lynn Murphy. The newslet- 
ter's name is derived from the exploits of 
James Barry who, explains editor 
Murphy, "was a British Army surgeon 
of the early nineteenth century. After 
serving in South Africa, where he was 
notorious for his Hirtations with pretty 
women, he became Surgeon General of 
Canada. Only when he died in Ontario 
was it discovered that James was a 
woman — Miranda Barry." 



Dr Barry's, published once a month 
since last October, is chock full of local 
political, community, cultural and GAE 
news — not to mention some thoughtful 
reflections, national news and Ms 
Murphy's irrepressible wit. See listing. 

BC lesbians to confer 

VANCOUVER — Plans are well under- 
way for a British Columbia regional les- 
bian conference to be held here May 20 
to 23 at the Trout Lake Community Cen- 
tre (Broadway and Victoria Streets). The 
conference will include a cabaret, speak- 
ers on the history and direction of the 
BC lesbian movement, workshops, a les- 
bian pride march, a dance, a pool tour- 
nament, a steambath party, art, slides, 
video and film. Registration is on a 
sliding scale from $32 to $40; forms can 
be obtained from BC Regional Lesbian 
Conference, Box 65563, Station F, Van- 
couver, BC or call Rachel at (604) 
876-3629. 

Phoenix rising 

HAMILTON — Gay Phoenix, once 
produced monthly by the Hamilton 
United Gay Societies (HUGS), suspend- 
ed its publication schedule last Decem- 
ber and has launched the first of its 
quarterly offerings. The spring 1983 Gay 
Phoenix ($1 .50 a copy) is 26 pages long. 
It contains progress reports on the var- 
ious groups under the HUGS umbrella, 
as well as news, reviews, opinion pieces, 
cartoons, a feature giving practical 
advice for dealing with the police, and a 
long-term calendar of events. 

Gaining ground again 

ST JOHN'S, NF — The latest incarna- 
tion of the Gay Association in New- 
foundland (GAIN) has gotten off on the 
right foot with the March publication of 
its first newsletter. Gain Foresight. In 
the first issue newly elected president 
Theresa Walsh explains GAIN'S aims and 
aspirations, the group's treasurer and 
newsletter editor bring members up to 
date and the social committee unveils a 
calendjw of events. Contact GAIN at Box 
1364, St John's, NFAIC 5N5. The 
newsletter is $5 a year. 

Where there's Thunder... 

THUNDER BAY, ON — Since the 
spring of 1980 Gays of Thunder Bay 
(GTB) has provided lesbians and gay 
men in this Ontario city with a public 
profile and a focus for building a com- 
munity. It hasn't always been a smooth 
process but, as the group celebrates its 
third anniversary, it seems to have been 
a rewarding one. GTB has met commun- 
ity needs and raised funds through 
monthly socials. They've even published 
Nothing to It, a manual that explains 
how they did it. GTB does the usual 
round of community speaking engage- 
ments and has logged thousands of calls 
on its phonelines. And it publishes 
Thunder Gay, one of the smartest little 
newsletters in Ontario, helped along by 
ownership of a printing press editor 
Doug Broman estimates has earned the 
group about $3000 since its purchase. 

GTB's first live fund-raising entertain- 
ment event took place last month but a 
poor turn-out prevented it from making 
a profit for the group's building fund. 
An editorial in the April /May Thunder 



Gay explains that a mention of the spe- 
cial drag show (Chris Collins' Odyssey 
of Stars) in the People column of the 
Thunder Bay Chronicle- Journal resulted 
in a "queer panic" and "nagging para- 
noia" among some members of the com- 
munity. 

Broman's reaction: "Anger that here 
we are three years and a dozen traumas 
(the first being here in the first place) 
later, we still get upset so unneces- 
sarily." But he concludes these are the 
pains of growing. "In three years we 
have found there is peace alongside the 
anger." CBD 

NATIONAL/BINATIONAL 

DAIcoholics Anonymous, Intawational Advisory Council lor Homo- 
sexual Men and Women, Box 492. Village Sin. New York. NY 
WOU. 

OAtlantic Lesbian and Gay Association/ Association des Lesbi- 
ennes et des gales do I 'Atlantlque, contact GAE (Halilax). FLAG 
(Frederictonj or Northern Lambda Nord (Western NBj. 
OBisexuals International. Box 107. 2039 Walnut SI, Ptiiladelphia. 
PN 19103. USA. (215)634-6244. Sun-Fri. 11pm-3am 
aCanadian Gay Archives, Box 639. Stn A. Toronto, 0NM5W 1G2. 
(416)977-6320 

ODIgnity/Canada/Dlgniti, Box 1912, Winnipeg, MBR3C 3fl2. 
(204) 772-4322 

^Foundation lor the Advancement ol Canadian Transsexuals, Box 
291. Stn A. Hamilton. ON L8N 3CS (416) 529-7884 Central: Box 
2666, Winnipeg. MB R3C 4B3. SW Ontario: MsRM Schwartzen- 
Iruber. 21 Cherry St, Kitchener, 0NN2G 2C5. 576-5248 
Qintegrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends), Canadian regional 
representative, c/o Integrity/Edmonton 
OIntemational Gay Association. Secretariat. c/oCHLR. Box 931. 
Dublin 4. Ireland. International Lesbian Inlormation Secretariat. 
NVIH-COC. Frederiksplein 14, 1017 XM. Amsterdam. Nether- 
lands: ph: 234596/23 1 192. International Co-ordination & Inlorma- 
tion Centre on Religion, Box 1, Cork. Ireland: ph: 021-505394. 
OLigo de Samseksamaj Geesperandstol, gay Esperanto organiia- 
lion, lOOCrerarAve. Ottawa. ON KM 7P2. 
ONew Democratic Party Gay Caucus, Box 792, Stn F, Toronto. ON 
M4Y 2N7 

OSecllon on Gay and Lisblan Issues In Psychology, c/o Canadian 
Psychological Association, 558 King Edward Ave. Ottawa, ON 
KIN 7N6 
aWemen's Archives, Box928, Stn 0, Toronto, 0NM4T 2P1. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial 

OGays and Lesbians in the United Church In BC. Box 46586. Stn 
G. Vancouver V6R 4G8. (604) 734-5355. Support group and edu- 
cational resources 
ORural Lesbian Association, RR 1, Ruskin, BC VON 1R0. 

Kamloops 

OThompson Area Gay Group. Box 3343. V2C 6B9welcomes 
women and men to regular meetings, discussions, social events. 
Into, newsletter, peer support. Iriendship. 

Kelowna 

CiOkanagan Gay Organization. Box 1 165. Sin A. Kelowna 

VI Y 7P8 Mutual support. The group can be contacted directly by 

phone through the Kelowna Crisis Centre. 



Port Hardy 



ONorth Island Gay and Lesbian Support and Inlormation Group. 

PO Box 482. V0N2P0 



Prince Rupert 



OGay Peopled Prince Rupert. Box881. V8J3Y1. 
(604) 624-4982 (eve) 

Revelstol(e 

' JLothlorien. Box 2054, VOE 2S0. Into, Iriendship, hospitality 

Terrace 

: Northern Lesbians, RR2, Box 50. Usk Store, V8G3Z9. 

Vancouver 

1 Mcohollcs Anonymous (Gay), 733-4590 (men), 929-2585 
(women) 

'Archives Collective. Box 3130. MPO. V6B 3X6 
I \Blsexual Women's Group Monthly meetings Write Crystal, 
3085 Charles SI. V5K 3B6, or call Georgia al (604) 674-1756 or 
Joyce at 251 -6090 

I IComlng Out (Gay Radio), c/o \^ncouver Cooperative Radio. 337 
CarrallSl. V6B 2J4 Thurs al 6:30 pm. 102 7 MHz FM 
I 'Congregation Shear Hayam. Jewish gay synagogue. Box 
69406. V5K 4W6 (604) 255 1076 

< Waughtert Unlimited. Joyce (604) 251-6090. or Elisa. Ooris or 
Christine (604) 254-7044 (Plans to open a women s club ) 
I ]Dlgnlty/Vancouver. Box 3016. V6B3X5 (604)684-7810 
I 'Gay and Lesbian Caucus ot the BC NOP. (604) $69-5434 

Gayblevlslon. tVshowby gay people about gay lite, culture and 
an Regular monthly and special programmes 837 Bidwell St. 
V6G2J7 (604)689 5661 

iGay/Lesblan Law Association. Faculty ol Law. University ol 
British Columbia. \^ncouver 

Gay Festival Society Box 34397. Stn 0. V6J 4P3 (604) 
687 7179 

Gay/Lesbian Law Association c/o Law Students Assoc. Faculty 
oILaw. UotBC. V6r IVY5 (604)228 4638 



•DGay Rights Union. Box3130. MPO. V6B 3X6 (604) 731-9605 
OGays and Lesbians ol UBC. Box 9, Student Union BIdg. U ol 
British Columbia. V6T 1W5 (604)228-4638 Meets Thurs at 
12:30 pm (see "The Ubyssey" lor room). 
Zjintegrity: Gay Anglicans and their Iriends, Box34161. StnD. 
V6J4N1 (604)873-2925. 

2Knights ol Malta. Dogwood Chapter Society, Box 336-810 West 
Broadway. V5Z 1J8. 

DLambda(GayAI-Anon). Joe at (604) 689-7681 orMlkeal 
327-8423 

ZiLegal Advice Clinic. 1244 Seymour St (VGCC). Man. 7:30pm. 
Free advice and referrals 

OLesblan and Feminist Mothers ' Political Action Group. Box 
65804. Sin F. V5N 5L3 (604) 251-6090 
CiLesblan and Gay Health Sciences Associabon. c/o Gay People ol 
UBC. Box 9. Student Union BIdg. UBC. V6T 1W5 
:2Lesblan Drop-In. 322 W Hastings, every Wed. 7:30 pm 
(604) 684-0523 

CLesblan Inlormation Line. (604) 734-1016 Thurs, Sun. 
7-10 pm 

HLesblan Mothers ' Detense Fund, c/o 1 146 Commercial Dr. 
V5L 3X2. (604)251-5034 Potluck brunches last Sun ol month 
DThe Lesbian Show. Co-op Radio. 337 Carrall St. V6B 2J4. 
102 7 MHzFM. Thurs. 7:30 pm 

^Metropolitan Community Church, Box 5178. V6B 482. (604) 
681-8525. Services Sun, 7:30 pm. at 1811 West 16th Ave (at 
Burrard). 

^Parents and Friends ol Gays. (604) 987-6027 or 988-7786 
DRIghts ol Lesbians. (Subcommittee ol Federation ol Women). 
Box 24687. Stn C. V5T 4E6. 
ORob Joyce Legal Delense Fund, c/o Gay Rights Union. 
aSEARCH. c/o VGCC. Into and counselling: (604) 689-1039. 
7-10 pm 

aSherwood Forest, non-prolit gay Introduction service. 
(604) 251-2789 

D Vancouver VD Clinic. Rm 100, 828 W 10th Ave (near Gen Hasp). 
(604) 874-2331. Ext 220 

^Vancouver Gay Community Centre. 1244 Seymour St: Box 2259. 
MPO. V6B 3W2 (604) 684-6869 Services, programs, magazine 
aVancouver Men's Chorus. Box48383. Bentall Centre. V7X 1A1 
Ron al (604) 985-5808 or Larry al (604) 669-6249 
DWomen in Focus. 204-456 W Broadway V5Y 1R3 
(604) 872-2250 

OYoung Gay People, c/o SEARCH 

D Younger Lesbian Drop-In every Tues. 7-9 pm. at Women s Book- 
store. 322 W. Hastings. 
azodlac Fraternal Society. Box 33872. StnD. V6J 4L6. 

Vernon 

DTo contact the local group, write RR 6, Site 17, Comp 19, 

V1T6Y5. 

Victoria 

OAlcohollcs Anonymous (Gay). (604) 383-9862 

aFemlnlst Lesbian Acbon Group. Box 1604. SinE. V8W 2X7 

OGay Men's Group. 2612 Victor St. V8R 1N3 (604)595-6782. 

OThe Island Gay Community Centre SocMy. 1318 Balmoral Rd, 

V8R IL7 GayCatiat 1923 Fernwood every Thurs till midnight, and 

bowling, sell -delence classes, volleyball and swimming. 

ONeed (Victoria Crisis Line). (604) 383-6323. 24 hrs. Some gay 

into available. 

aunlverslty ol Victoria Gay Focus Club. Student Union BIdg. U ol 

Victoria, Box 1700. V8W 2Y2. 

aWomyn's Cotfee House, 1923 Fernwood. Every Wed evening. 



ALBERTA 

Provincial 

OAlberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (ALGRA). Box 1852. 

Edmonton T5J 2P2. 



Calgary 



aCamp 181 Association. Box 965. Sin T T2H 2H4. Dances. 
campouts. sports and other activities tor lesbians and gays 
OCalgary Lambda Centre Society. Box 357 Stn M. T2P 2H9 
aCalgary Gay Fathers. Contact GIRO lor into. 
aoigntty/ Calgary. Box 1492. Stn T T2H 2H7 
OFrontrunners Group (gayAA). Box 181. Stn M. T2P 2M7 
OGay Fathers Into: contact GIRO Potluck first Sun ol the month 
OGay Inlormation and Resources Calgary, Old Y BIdg, Stes 
317-323. 223 12AveSW. T2P 0G9 (403)234-8973 Into and 
counselling Mon-Fri. 7-10 pm. Dances, discussion groups, news- 
letter, gay rights action write: Box 2715. Stn M. T2P 3C1 
OGay Leisure Link. Non-challenging, non-sexual social organiza- 
tion. Box 1812. Stn M. T2P2L8 

OGay Political Action Committee. c/oBox2943, StnU, T2P3C3 
Education and lobbying 

Olmperial Court ot the Chinook Arch, (403) 282-6393 Entertain- 
ments and social events 

aintegrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends), c/o 80x34. StnG. 
T3A 2G1 

OLambda Centre, community centre project Box 357 Stn M. 
T2P 2H9 

OLesbian Inlormation Line. (403) 265-9458. Tues-Fn. 8-10 pm. 
with 24 hr answering service Operated by Womyn s Collective 
CiLesbian Mothers. Lynn at (403) 264-6328 or 275-8362. or call 
LIL Potluck lirsi Sun ot each month 
[ILesbian Outreach and Support Turn. Box 6093. Stn A, 
T2H2L4 (403)281-2895 

ViLesblens and Gays at University ol Calgary. Students Club. 
MacEwanHall. Uol Calgary. T2N IN4 
UMetropoUtan Community Church. 204-16 Ave. NW. T2M 0H4 
(403) 277-4004 Services Sun 1 1 30 am and 7 pm at above 
address 

i 'Right To Privacy Commlttm. Box 2943, Stn M. T2P 3C3 Inloon 
gays and the law. legal relerrals 

\ ]m>niyn's CoaecHve. (403) 265-9458 Dances. Iibrtry, lesOan 
drop-ins every lues Sponsors LIL 

Edmonton 

Dignity Edmonton Dignitt Box 53. T5B 2B7 

idmonton Roughnecks Recreshoe Assoclatlen c/o GATE W- 
leyball. sollbail. gymnastics 

. BayAKiance Toward EquaUy. 8ai 1852. tbJ 2P2 OtlKe 
10173 104 51 (4031424 8361 Into and counselling. Uon Sal 
710 pm. Sun 2 5 pm Also cotteehouses sooMs. newsletlei 
resource library 

Bay Fathers S Lesbian MeHters For into cM(403) 424^361 

Inter/Ed. Box 12G. 9820 104 St. T5K 0/1 (403)421 7629 
IJiml 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/17 



^Inttgtitf (G»i AngUctm and Their Friends), c/o 126, 9820-104 

SI. T5K0Z1- (403) 421-7629. 

ZMitrvpoHttn Community Church ot Bdmonton. Box 1312. 

T5J 2U8 (403)482-4213 Worship Sun al 7:30 pm. Unilarian 

Church. 12530-1 10 Ave 

OPrivtCY Dtlenct Committte. c/o Box 1852. T5J 2P2. 

ZWomonsptce. No 7. 8406- 104 St. T6E 4G2 (403) 433-3559 

(Jeanne) Social & recreahonal group lor lesbians 

Red Deer 

^SiyAssociitim of Bod Doer. Box 356, T4H 5f9 

SASKATCHEWAN 

Provincial 

CAHirm/Siskitchtmttt. lesbians and gays in the United Church. 

422 Smaltwood Cres. Saskatoon. S7L 4S4 

DDignlty/Sisldtchamon (gay Catholics and Ihendsj. Box 3181. 

Begma S4P 3G7 

CSty Bights Suhcommittoe, SaslMchtmtn Associttion lor Human 

Bights. 305-1 16 3rd Ave S. S3Skatoon, S7K 1L5. 

(306) 244-1933 

DWost Central Bays. Box 7508. Saskatoon, SK 27K 4L4. 

Prince Albert 

~ Prince Alltert Gay Community Centre (The Zodiac Club). Box 
1893. S6V 6J9 1-24 10th St. E. (306) 922-4650 Phone line Wed- 
Thurs. 8- 10 pm, social evenings Fri-Sat. 10 pm -2 am. 



Regina 



GBumours (gay community centre). 2069 Broad St (back en- 
trance) (306) 522-7343 
CBegiiia Women s Community and Bape Crisis Centn. 219- 1810 

Smith St. S4P 2N3 (306) 522-2771 352-7688. 

Saskatoon 

ZBayi Lesbian Support Services. 21 7-1 16 3rd Ave S. Operates 
Gayline Mailing address 8ox8581. 
CGay/Lasbian Community Centre. Box 1662. S7K 3B8 Phone 
Gayline lor into on dance and special event locations and dates 
OGayHne. (306)665-9129 Uon-Thurs. 7:30-10:30 pm. Counsel- 
ling, support groups available. 
Clutherans Concerned. Box 8187 S7K 6C5. 
CSlubble Jumper Press. 21 -303 Queen St. S7K0M1. 



MANITOBA 

Provincial 

CjManitoba Gay CotHtlon. Box 27 UMSU, UnmersityolUamtoba, 
Winnipeg P3T 2N2 (204) 269-8678. 

Brandon 

rCay Friends ol Brandon. Box 492. R7A 5/4. (204) 727-4046 



Portage-la-Prairie 



D8i-Women's Support Group. Box820. BIN 3C3. 
(204) 857-5295 For bisexual women. 



Thompson 



DGty Friends ol Thompson. Box 157. B8N 1N2. (204) 677-5833 

(8-10 pm. Tues and Thurs) 



Winnipeg 



GAmrm: Gays and Lesbians ol the United Church 453-3984 

(Eric) or 452-2853 (Dave) 

OCouncH on Homosexuality and BeUglon. Box 1912. R3C 3R2 
1204)269-8678. 772-8215 Worship, counselling, library. 
^Dignity/Winnipeg. Box 1912. B3C3B2 
CGay AA New Freedom Group. Box 248 1 . or contact through Man- 
itoba Central Otiice. (204) 233-3508 
C£ayAIAnon Group Into: Gays lor Equality 
Z^Gay Community Centre. 277 Sherbrooke SI (204) 786-1236 In- 
corporating Giovanni s Boom, a cati lor lesbians and gay men. 
Open every day al 5 30 pm. Sunal I pm Fully licensed 
CGay Parents, c/o Gays lor Equality 
CGays lor BqutHty. Box 27 UMSU. U ol Manitoba. R3T 2N2. 
(204) 269-8678 Ollices at Community Centre and UolM (Rm 
I02S. Univ Centre) Counselling, inio, rap sessions, public educa- 
tion and law reform Lesbian counsellors on Tues evenings 
Zlesbiao Drop-In. Thurs. 7-10 pm at 730 Alexander Ave Enter- 
tainment i collee 

ClesbianLine (204) 774-0007 Thurs. 7:30-10 pm. 
CMutual Friendship Society, Inc. Box 427. B3C 2H6. 
(204) 774-3576 Social and educational programmes Operates 
Happenings Social Club. 272 Sherbrook Si 
COscar WUde Memorial Society. Box2221, R3C 3R5 Varietyol 
social, cultural and educational activities. 
'ZPniect Lambda. Inc gay community services. Box39l1, StnB. 
R2W5H9 1204)942-1983 

^.Winnipeg Gay Media Collective. Box 27 UMSU. U ol Manitoba. 
R3T 2N2 1204)269-8678 Produces ' Coming Out. "weekly hall - 
hour cable cast ( Thurs. 1 1 pm. Channel 13W) 
C.Winnipeg Gay Youth c/o GfE 
CUnnersity ol Winnipeg Gay Students Association Info 
(204) 269-8678 
CYourseH Box 2790. B3C3R5. For bisexual men and women 

ONTARIO 

Provincial 

CCoalition for Gay Rights in Ontario, Box 822, Stn A, Toronto 

M5W 1G3 14161533-6824 

Cambridge 

CWani to sian a group'' Please write Box 1496. NIB 7C7 

Ear Falls/ Red Lake Area 

lar Falls Cays Box 487 Ear Falls, POV 1 TO. (807) 222-2185 

Guelph 

CGuelph Gay Equality. Box 773, NtH 6L8 Gayline: 
(519) 836-4550. 24 hrs 

Hamilton 

CAIcoholics Anonymous (Gay), meets SalalBpmal 15 Queen Si 

S (side entrance) 

CGay Archives/ History Pro/eel for Hamifton-Wenhnorth (416) 



639-6050 Looking lor photos, clippings, personal accounts ol gay 
lite and liberation in Hamilton, especially pre-1979. 
CGay Fathers ol Hamilton Support, advice. Meets twice a month. 
Call Gayline lor into. 

OGayline Hamilton, into on all groups and activities, peer counsel- 
ling. (4 16) 523-7055 Wed-Fri. 7- 1 1 pm 
CGay Women s Collective, c/o Gayline. Meets 2nd Mon ol month. 
CHamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting ol men and 
women, young and old. with discussions and speakers. Meets on 
alternate Weds. Gay Community Centre. Suite 207 41 King William 
St. 7:30 pm. Call Gayline lor further inlo. 
CMetropolitan Community Church Service every Sun: 2:30 pm. 
2nd lloor sanctuary. First Place. 350 King St E 
CMalling address for aH Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44. 
Stn B. L8L 7T5. 



Kingston 



OOueen's Homtphilo Association. 51 Queen's Crescent, Queen's 
University. K7L2S7 (613)547-2836, Mon-Fri, 7-9 pm. Drop-in 
Thurs nights, monthly dances. 

aSappho-Wildo House, 1 Aberdeen SI, K7L 3M9 Gay and lesbian 
co-op. provides space lor artistic, social and political activities. 

Kitchener/Watertoo 

CGay Liberation ol Waterloo, c/o Federation of Students, U of 
Waterloo. WaterlooN2L 3G1. (S19)884-GL0W. Coffeehouse every 
Wed at 8:30 pm. Campus Ctr. rmllO 
CGay News and Views, radio programme. Tues, 6-8 pm, CKMS- 
FM. 94.5 MHz. 105. 7 MHz on Grand River Cable. 200 University 
AveW.(519)886-CKMS. 
CGays ol Wilfrid Laurier University, c/o GLOW. 
CI/2 i 1/2 Club. 223 1/2 King Si (enter Irom Halls Lane). 
(519) 742-9987 Private disco Club, licensed. Thurs-Sat. 8 pm- 
3 am. 

aintemational Women's Day Committee. Box 1491. Sin C, Kit- 
chener. N2G 4P2 

CKitchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective. Box2741. StnB, Kit- 
chener. N2H 6N3. (519)579-3325. 

CLeaping Lesbians, radio programme. Thurs. 6 to 8 pm, CKMS- 
FM. 94.5 MHz. 105.7 MHz cable. Write c/o LOOK. 
OLesbian Organization of Kitchener. Box 2422. Sin B, Kitchener 
N2H 6M3 (519) 744-4863 Womyns coffeehouse lirsl Thurs ol 
month at 85 Highland Rd W. Kitchener 

London 

CGay Youth London, c/o HALO Meets Thurs at 7 pm. 2nd floor, 

649 Colborne St. (519) 433-3762 

CGayline, (519)433-3551 Recorded message 24 hrs/day Peer 

counselling Mon and Thurs, 7- 10 pm. 

OHomophile Association of London, Ontario (HALO). 649 Colborne 

St. N6A 3Z2 (519) 433-3762 Collee House: Sun and Mon. 

7-10 pm. Disco/Bar: FriandSat. 9pm -1:30 am. 

CMetropolitan Community Church. Box 4724. Sin D, N5W 5L7 

Services Sun. 7:30 pm al Unitarian Church, 29 Victoria St W. north 

entrance to Gibbons Park. Inlo: Worship Coordinator. 

(519) 433-9939 Rides: (519) 432-9690. 



Mississauga/ Brampton 



CGEM: Gay Community Outreach. Box 62. Brampton L6V 2K7. 
CGayline West. (416)453-GGC0 Peer counselling. 
CParents ol Gays Mississauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
Maslings Cres. L5L 1G5. (416)820-5130. 

Niagara Region 

CGayline. (416) 354-3173. 

CGay Unity Niagara. Box 692, Niagara Falls L2E 6V5. 

CGay Trails, lor lesbians and gay men who enjoy hiking. Day and 

overnight trips planned. Visitors welcome. Write Gay Trails. Box 

1053, MPO. St Catharines, L2R7A3. or call (416) 685-6431 

before 9 am 



North Bay 



Bearing Homosexuals Association ot North Bay. Box 649, 

Callander POH 1H0. (705)472-0909 

Ottawa 

[jDignity/Ottawa/Dlgntti, Box 2 1 02. StnD. K1P5W3 
CGay People at Carleton. c/o CUSA, Carlelon University For more 
into, call (61 3) 238-1717 

CGays of Ottawa/Gals de I'Outaouals, 8ox29l9 Stn D. K1P5W9. 
GO Centre. 175 Lisgar St: open 7.30-10:30 pm Mon-Thurs. Thurs: 
lesbian drop-in. 8 pm: Fn: social. 7:30 - t am: Sal: women 's 
night. 7 30 pm - I am: Sun: AALivei Let Live group. 8 pm. Gay- 
line: (613)238-1717 Mon-Fri 7:30 ■ 10:30 pm, recording other 
times. Otiice: (613) 233-0152 

CGay Youth Ottawa/ Hull/ Jeunesse Gal(e) d'Ottawa/Hull For inlo 
call or write Gays ol Ottawa Meetmg/drop-m. Wed 8 pm. 
175 Lisgar St 

CIntegrity/Ottawa. (gay Anglicans and their friends) c/o St 
George's Anglican Church. 152 MetcalleSt.K2P 1N9 
(613) 235-2516. 9-5. Mon-Fri Meets 2nd and 4th Wedsal 
7 30 pm. at SI George's 

■ Lesbiennes et gals du campus/ Lesbians and Gays on Campus. 
c/o SFUO. 85 rue Hastey Street. KIN 6N5 
'CLive and Let Live Group lor gay alcoholics. Contact GO. 
CMetropolitan Community Church. Box 2979 Sin D. KIP 5W9 
(613)232-0241 
' Parents ol Gays. Box 9094. KIG 3T8 



Peterborough 



' :Gays and Lesbians at Trent and Peterborough. 262 Rubidge St. 
K9J3P2 (705)742-6229 Otiice hours 7 30-10 pm. Tues-Thurs. 
Gay Alcoholics Anonymous meets (closed groupfTues at2 pm 



Thunder Bay 



l Northern Women's Centre, 316 Bay SI, P78 I SI. 

(807) 345-7802 

1 Mays ol Thunder Bay. Box 2155, P7B 5E8. (807) 345-80 1 1 , 

Wed and Fn 7 30-9:30 pm Becording other times. Meets Tues 

Dances held monthly 

Toronto 

For inlormation on groups in Toronto, check Out In The City 

Windsor 

' AA Acceptance Group — Gay/Lesbian Fellowship, Box 7002, 

Sandwich Postal Sin. N9C 3Y6 (519)973-4951 

CGay/Losblan Inlormation Line. Box 7002. Sandwich Postal Sin. 

N9C3YC (519)973-4951 

' jintegrity. (gay/lesbian Anglicans), c/o Box 7002, Sandwich 

Postal Sin. N9C 3Y6 (519)973-4951 

CLasblan and Gay Students on Campus, c/o Students ' Aclivities 



Council. U ol Windsor. (519) 973-4951 Rap sessions weekly 
CLesbian/Gay Youth Group, c/o Box 7002. Sandwich Postal Sin. 
N9C3Y6. (519) 973-4951. 

QUEBEC 

Charlevoix 

OAssociation pour les droits des gals de Charlevoix. CP 724. Cler- 
mont, GOT ICO. (418)439-2080. 

Hull 

CAssociationgaiedel'ouestquibicois. CP 1215, succ B. 
J8X 3X7 (819)778-1737 

Lennoxville 

CGay Students' Alliance, Box 631, Bishop s University/ 
Champlam Regional College. JIM 1Z7 (819) 563-2230 

Montreal 

CAtflrmer .CP471, succ La Citi, H2N 2N9 Gays in the United 
Church. 

CAide aux transsexuels du Ouibec. CP 363, succC, H2J 4K3. 
(514)521-9302. 

CAIme-totlAA). 6518. rue Sl-Vallier, H2S 2P7. (514)524-5821. 
For gay and lesbian alcoholics. 
CAIpha Kira Fraternity. CP 153. succ Victoria. H3Z 1V5. 
CAIternatives. 3440 chemin de la Cdte-des-Neiges. H2J 1L2. For 
gay male drug abusers. 

CAssoclation communautaire homosexuelle de I'Universiti de 
Montrial. pavilion Lionel-Groulx. 3200 Jean-Brillant. local 1267. 
H3T 1N8. (514) 342-9236 (Jean-Pierre). 
OAssociation pour les droits des gais et lesbiennes du Ouibec 
ADGLQ). CP36. succC. H2L 4J7 Otiice: 263 est rue Ste- 
Calherine. (514)843-8671. Mon-Fri. 7:30-10pm, Fri. 1-4 pm. 
OAssociation des bonnes gens sourdes. CP 764. succ R, 
H2J 3M4. 

OAtel'nr de thiatre gai. Cigep Rosemont, 6400 16eAve, local 
A-418 (Michel Breton). 

DThe Capables. Box 966. succH. H3G2M9 (514)486-4404. 
Support group lor bisexual men. 
OLe Collectit du triangle rose, c/o Librairie I' Androgyne. 
OComiti d'auto-difense gal, c/o ADGLO. 
OComiti gal-e du Cigep du VIeux-Montreal. 255 est, Ontario. 
H2X3m. Mon. 6 pm. 

OCommunaut6 homophile chritienne. Centre Newman. 3484 rue 
Peel. H3A 1W8. (514)382-8467 For Catholics. 
CContact-t-nous. (514)861-6753. Venereal disease treatment. 
aCote i Cite, gay couples group, c/o Gay Inlo. 
OCoteiCote. Radio centre-ville CINQ (102.3 FM). (514) 
288-1601. Mon, 4pm. 

CDignity Montrial Digniti. Centre Newman , 3484 rue Peel, 
H3A 1W8. (514)392-6711 For gay catholics. 
CDignity/DignlU Groupe Cartien/ille, (514) 336-4163 (Jean- 
Fran(Ois). 

CEgllse Communautaire de Montrial, Montreal Community 
■Church. CP610. succ NOG. H4A 3R1. (514)489-7845 
CFidiratlon canadlenne des transsexuels pout le Ouibec, 16 rue 
Viau, VaudreuilJ7V 1A7 

CFemmes gales de McGIII. 3480, rueMcTavish, H3A 1X9. (514) 
392-8920 

OGal-icoute(hommes), (514)843-5652. Wed-Sat. 7-11 pm. 
CGay Fathers ol Montreal, c/o Gay Inlo. 
CGay Health Clinic. Montreal Youth Clinic/Clinique des Jeunes de 
Montrial, 3465 Peel Street. H3A 1X1. (514)842-8576. General 
practice. Mon-Fri, 9-5 pm, open until 8 pm Mon & Fri only Closed 
daily 12:30-1 :30 pm. 

CGay Into. CP1164, succH, H3G 2N1. (514)486-4404, Thurs- 
Fri. 7- 1 1 pm. Recorded message other times. 
CGayline. c/o Gay Social Services Project, 5 rue. Weredale Park. 
Westmount. H3Z 1Y5. (514) 931 -5330 (women), Thurs and Sat, 
7-11 pm: 931-8668 (men), /daysaweek. 7-11 pm. Inloand 
counselling in English. 

OGay People ot McGill. 3480 rue McTavish. local 41 1. H3A 1X9 
(514) 392-8912. Meets Thurs at 7:30 in rm 425/26. 
OGay Social Services Project. 5 rue Weredale Pk, Weslmount 
H3Z 1Y5. (514)937-9581. 

OLe Gotland (AA). 4652 rue Jeanne-Mance. (514) 728-3228. For 
lesbian and gay alcoholics 

OGroupede discussion pour lesbiennes. 5 Weredale Park, 
H3Z 1Y5. (514)932-9581 (Joanne Still). 
OGroupe pour lesbiennes alcoollques (AA). 65 / 7 rue St-Denis. 
Olntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their Iriends, Box 562, Verdun 
H4G3E4. (514) 766-9623 

ajeunesse Lambda Youth, c/o The Yellow Door, 3625 rue Aylmer. 
2nd lloor. H2X2C3. 

OLesbian and Gay Friends of Concordia, c/o CUSA. Concordia 
University 1455 boul de Maisonneuve ouesi, H3G 1M8. 
(514) 879-8406 Ollice: room 307. 2070 MacKay. open I -4 pm 
weekdays Meetings Thurs at 4 pm in room H-333-6. 
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H2X2V4. (514) 842-4765. 

augue Lambda Inc. CP701. succ N. H2X 2N2. (5 14) 526-1967 
(Claude) or 523-8026 (Donald). Sports group 
CNaches (gay and lesbian Jews). CP298. succH. H3G 2K8 
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services sOciaux Ville-Marie. 5 Weredale Park. Westmount, 
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MAY 1983 




Civil service arrest, raids, r)ew tectinology tiave civil libertarians worried 

Police turn up the heat in Hong Kong 



HONG KONG — The Special Investiga- 
tion Unit (SIU) has once again stepped 
up pressure against the colony's gay 
community with a raid on a well-known 
gay club and the arrest of a still un- 
named top Economic Services Branch 
civil servant. 

The Dateline restaurant and club was 
raided January 29, and SIU officers 
recorded the names, addresses and occu- 
pations of more than 200 patrons found 
on the premises. Patrons were also asked 
how often they frequented the place and 
if they knew any civil servants. 

In response to questions from the 
South China Morning Post, SIU officials 
admitted that they had been searching 
for information about homosexuals and 
not about drugs, as they had originally 
claimed. It is feared that the information 
gathered in the raid will be filed and 
used against gay people at a later date. 

Hong Kong poUce recently acquired a 
new $1.5 million computer that will link 
all police, including constables on the 
beat, with the Criminal Records Index, a 
central file that already contains more 
than 550,000 names. The index includes 
information on "all persons who have 
been convicted of or are wanted for a 
criminal offence, have been reported 
missing, or are of interest to the force." 
Even the normally conservative Far 
Eastern Economic Review called the sys- 
tem "threatening" and pointed out that 
the list "doubtless includes gays as well 
as hundreds of other harmless citizens." 

The uimamed civil servant was re- 
leased shortly after his arrest on sex 
charges the same week as the raid on the 
Dateline. The man's apartment was ap- 
parently also ransacked by police search- 
ing for pornography. All gay sex is still 
illegal in the colony and 229 men were 
prosecuted for homosexual acts between 
1978 and 1982. 

A clandestine meeting took place 
shortly after the latest police attack and 
a group has formed to attempt to renew 
pressure for law reform in the colony. 
Letters were sent to British Prime Minis- 
ter Margaret Thatcher and selected 
members of Parliament urging that laws 
in the colony be brought into line with 
British law. The group has also contact- 
ed the International Gay Association to 
request actions against Hong Kong rep- 
resentatives abroad. 

British Labour MP Alf Dubs raised 
the question in Parliament March 9 but 
the Foreign Office replied that the 
Thatcher government has no plans to 
align Hong Kong laws with those of the 
United Kingdom. D 

Aussies attack raids; 
celebrate gay pride 

SYDNEY — Hundreds of lesbians and 
gay men converged on the New South 
Wales parliament buildings March 8 to 
protest two police raids on a local disco, 
the Club 80. 

Speakers at the demonstration talked 
from inside a large cage, demanding the 
repeal of the state's anti-gay laws and 
calling for an end to police harassment. 
Club 80 was raided January 26 and again 
February 25. A total of 17 people were 



arrested and hundreds of others were 
questioned by police. The NSW Om- 
budsman has received 19 separate com- 
plaints against the police as a result of 
the raids. 

There is speculation that the raids 
were initiated by Detective Inspector 
Ernie Shepard, who has headed the 
city's vice squad for the past two years. 
Shepard is a rigid Catholic and reported- 
ly considers homosexuality a dangerous 
vice. Although NSW has strong anti- 
discrimination legislation, which pro- 
tects people on the basis of their sexual 
orientation, homosexual activity itself is 
still illegal under state criminal law. 

Problems with the police did not af- 
fect Sydney's sixth gay Mardi Gras, held 
February 19. Some 25,000 people attend- 
ed the event and joined the massive par- 
ade, which wound its way from Sydney 
Square to the city's show grounds. 
Supervisor Harry Britt, of San Francisco 
— Sydney's sister city — was an official 
guest of the festival. The City of Mel- 
bourne also celebrated March 20, with 
its third day-long celebration of decrim- 
inalization of gay sex in the state of 
Victoria. 

As an adjunct to the Sydney Mardi 
Gras, 140 lesbians turned up for a special 
night at one of the city's gay male bath- 
houses. Women were lining up outside 
before the doors had opened and Aus- 
tralia's newest gay monthly, the Green 
Park Observer, reported that once the 
initial nervousness had dissipated, "the 
night became a very joyful experience 
for most of the women who had come." 



Several women remarked that the popu- 
larity of the event showed that there was 
a place for similar bathhouse facilities 
for lesbians, or at least for regular 
women's nights at existing gay baths. D 

AIDS spariting news 
throughout the USA 

NEW YORK — Acquired Immune Defi- 
ciency Syndrome (AIDS) continues to be 
a major preoccupation for the American 
gay press, and efforts to stop the spread 
of AIDS is generating news across the 
country. 

In a New York Native article that has 
since been reprinted in several other 
American papers, author Larry Kramer 
has portrayed the spread of AIDS as a 
danger to "our continued existence as 
gay men upon the face of this earth. In 
all the history of homosexuality we have 
never been so close to death and extinc- 
tion before." Kramer is appalled that 
more money and energy are not being 
dedicated to finding out the cause of the 
illness, which has now affected more 
than 1,300 people, most of them gay 
men, across North America. 

While the most accepted theory is that 
AIDS is the result of a virus communicat- 
ed somewhat hke Hepatitis B, California 
Doctor Richard Pearce has suggested 
that repeated multiple infections of dif- 
ferent strains of parasites may be re- 
sponsible for the breakdown in the im- 
mune system. Doctor CaroUne Mac- 



Down the tubes again: Demonstrators gather at New York City Hall after this city's gay rights bill 
failed, for the seventh time, to get out of committee to be considered by city council. The bill 
was first proposed in 1971. 

The defeat came in spite of the support of New York li^ayor Ed Koch and Governor Mario 
Cuomo, who lobbied councillors to override the General Welfare Committee, which refused to re- 
lease the bill to council. It is felt the bill could pass if it were introduced for discussion. 

I^uch of the opposition to the bill is based on old-fashioned homophobia. "This vote is a vic- 
tory for family and tradition," said H^ichael Long, an anti-gay Brooklyn democrat. "It was a spe- 
cial privileges bill that would have endorsed a particular lifestyle. ' ' Other councillors claimed 
their opposition had to do with the procedural precedent of overriding a committee. 

The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights (CLGR), the bill's key lobbying group, was disap- 
pointed with the setback but noted the steady increase in the number of supporters the bill has 
on the council. The CLGR plans to reintroduce its motion if a prospective reorganization of city 
council takes place this spring. "It's eventually got to pass," said Andy Humm of the CLGR. 
"We 're not going away."0 



MAY 1983 




Leod, director of Miami's Tropical 
Medicine Clinic, on the other hand, 
speculates that AIDS may have been car- 
ried to the western hemisphere by Cuban 
soldiers and mercenaries who fought in 
Angola and Zaire. Parts of Africa have 
traditionally had the highest occurrence 
of Kaposi's Sarcoma, a rare cancer 
closely associated with AIDS. 

Scientists have also reported an epi- 
demic, which closely resembles AIDS in 
humans, among laboratory monkeys. 
The monkeys suffer from a breakdown 
in the immune system, which leaves 
them vulnerable to a variety of 
infections. 

Congressman Henry Waxman intro- 
duced a PubUc Health Emergency Re- 
search Act in the House of Representa- 
tives February 25 to attempt to reduce 
the time required to approve AIDS fund- 
ing. The process presently takes from 
ten months to a year. The 1984 US feder- 
al budget includes a proposed $11.3 mil- 
Uon allocation for AIDS research. 

In San Francisco, Mayor Dianne Fein- 
stein, who is facing a recaU vote after 
angering the gay community by vetoing 
a bill that would have given gay couples 
the same benefits as married heterosex- 
uals, has approved $250,000 to be used 
to estabUsh eight local residences for 
homeless patients suffering from AIDS. 
The homes will be coordinated through 
the city's office of lesbian and gay ser- 
vices in the Department of Health. 
There are already at least a dozen AIDS 
victims who are presently unable to sup- 
port themselves because of their illness. 

In New York, Mayor Ed Koch an- 
nounced the appointment of Dr Roger 
Enlow to head up a new office of gay 
and lesbism health concerns. Enlow says 
he hopes to establish a city- funded chnic 
to examine gay and lesbian patients. San 
Francisco and New York have the high- 
est incidence of AIDS in the USA. D 

Killers' light sentence 
spurs Irish protest 

DUBLIN — Seven hundred people 
marched to Dublin's Fairview Park 
March 19 in the first successful gay- 
rights demonstration in the Irish 
Republic. 

The protest was sparked by the hand- 
ing down of suspended sentences to five 
youths convicted of murdering a 3 1- 
year-old man, Declan Flynn, in the park 
in September 1982. The youths had ad- 
mitted they had been "queer-bashing" 
and had been "working as a team to 
clear the park of queers" for several 
months before they attacked Flynn and 
beat him to death. 

The march demanded an end to vio- 
lence against gay people and women, the 
repeal of the Republic's anti-gay laws and 
statutory protection of the rights of gay 
workers. The protest was supported by 
the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Union 
of Students in Ireland, the Irish Council 
for Civil Liberties and other progressive 
groups. Even the establishment media 
were appalled by the la.x sentences. The 
irLsh Times wrote that "Many people in 
Dublin in particular do not understand 
this decision and resent it." 



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Organizers focused criticism on the 
Gardai, the Irish police force, which had 
received regular reports of beatings and 
attacks in the park before the killing but 
had refused to act. The Republic's anti- 
gay laws have also been under fire-and 
the Irish Supreme Court is preparing to 
deUver a judgment on whether the coun- 
try's total prohibition against male 
homosexuality is constitutional. 

The struggle for law reform will be a 
major focus of this year's All Ireland 
Lesbian and Gay Men's Conference, 
planned for Belfast, in Northern 
Ireland, for June 4 and 5. D 

Staff takeover fails, 
Gay News goes under 

LONDON — Britain's Gay News, the 
United Kingdom's largest and oldest gay 
newspaper, ceased publication Friday 
April 15 after negotiations for a staff 
takeover fell through (see analysis, p 21). 

Staff attempts to raise the funds ne- 
cessary to buy the paper and put it back 
on its feet had been going well. It ap- 
peared that the Greater London Enter- 
prise Board (GLEB) would invest 
£50,000 and staff had secured promises 
of matching funds from private inves- 
tors. Well-wishers had raised an addi- 
tional £20,000. 

The plan collapsed April 12 when the 
GLEB announced it would not supply 
the necessary capital. The left-wing 
Greater London Council has been under 
attack from the right for its support of 
other gay projects and there is specula- 
tion that the move was more political 
than economic. 

In a last-ditch effort, staff offered to 
work for free until an economic solution 
could be found if owner Robert Palmer 
would not insist on his guarantees and 
indemnities as owner. When Palmer 
refused, the staff officially withdrew its 
bid to buy the paper and Palmer had no 
alternative but to call in the liquidator 
and close down the firm. 

Editor Andrew Lumsden admitted it 
was "difficult to be thoroughly optimis- 
tic" after the staff's failure to take over 
the paper as a going concern. 

A meeting is planned to bring together 
staff, financial backers and well-wishers 
to discuss options for the future. D 

Brazilian group wins 
official recognition 

BAHIA — The Grupo Gay de Bahia has 
been officially recognized as a registered 
organization after a judge overruled a 
previous decision to refuse registration 
on the grounds that such an association 
had aims "against public morals and 
good mores." 

Judge Gudesten Soares pointed out 
that the Brazilian constitution guaran- 
tees the right of free association and that 
homosexuality is not a criminal offence 
in the country. He concluded that there 
were therefore no grounds to dispute the 
organization's right to register. 

This is the first time an openly gay 
organization has achieved legal recogni- 
tion in Brazil. D 



Worid News credits 

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The Advocate (San Mateo), Bay Area Reporter (San 
Francisco), The Sentinel (San Francisco), New York 
Native (tievi York), International Gay Association 
Bulletin (Stockholm), Ken Lovett (Sydney), Cam- 
paign (Sydney), Green Park Of>5erver (Adelaide), 
Gay News (London). 



South African cops 
unleash dyke purge 

CAPETOWN — The international press 
is reporting a major purge of lesbians in 
the South African Railway Police, the 
national security force responsible for 
railway stations, harbors and airports. 

Police Commissioner Lieutenant- 
General Hannes Visagie refused to dis- 
close how many people had been asked 
to resign and how many were dis- 
charged. "Resignations, discharges and 
appointments in the Railway Police are 
regarded as an internal matter and we 
will not comment on it," said the com- 
missioner, who then went on to confirm 
that "people with abnormal sexual 
deviations are not welcome in the South 
African Railway Police." Apparently at 
least 60 people, most of them women, 
have left the force since the investigation 
began. 

Suspects were called in by senior offi- 
cers and subjected to intensive interroga- 
tion about their sex lives. Those who 
were judged to be homosexual were 
asked to resign or face dismissal. 

"I was questioned for several hours 
and the officers accused me of being 
gay," said a former sergeant who had 
worked at Durban's Louis Botha Air- 
port. "They also wanted to know from 
me whether I knew of other gays in the 
force. I made a statement and they of- 
fered me the chance to resign. 

"Although most of my colleagues 
knew that I was gay I tried to keep it 
discreet but obviously that didn't 
work," she said, n 

Frequence Gai wins 
battle over air time 

PARIS — Last month's actions, inclu- 
ding letters to President Mitterrand and 
a massive demonstration of 6,000 in sup- 
port of Frequence Gai, this city's gay 
radio station, has convinced the govern- 
ment's broadcasting authority to with- 
draw its plans to force the station to give 
up much of its air time to a number of 
other alternative stations. 

In a compromise move accepted by 
the station, the authority will allow Fre- 
quence Gai to keep its own frequency 
and to absorb the air time of Pink 
Radio, a station catering to sexual 
minorities. The station had already 
agreed to give programming time to Arc- 
en-ciel, a station that caters to show- 
business people. The two stations will 
absorb only 25 hours of air time per 
week from Frequence Gai's 24-hour-a- 
day, seven-day-a-week service. The sta- 
tion ranks fourth in ratings of the ap- 
proximately 100 free radio stations now 
authorized by the French government. 

Frequence Gai began broadcasting il- 
legally in 1981 but received official recog- 
nition last year after the Socialist gov- 
ernment moved to regularize the status 
of the pirate stations. Its studios are now 
in a skyscraper overlooking the Seine 
and the station is run by an elected com- 
mittee whose president is Genevieve 
Pastre, a well-known lesbian writer. 
About 140 lesbians and gay men share 
the running of the enterprise on a part- 
time basis. 

An estimated 40% of the station's 
listeners are straight and one of the more 
popular programmes is a twice weekly 
small ads programme where people 
phone in with very frank sex contact 
ads.D 



20/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



Commercialism vs collectivism at England's Gay News. A report by David Dubow 

Shady deals and soap-opera tears 



Lavender Letter, a British gay fort- 
nightly that disappeared as quick- 
ly as it arrived, filled the front 
page of its third and final issue 
with a story on the continuing 
"crisis" at Gay News, England's largest 
gay paper. The issue, dated December 3, 
1982, carried the headline "GN To 
Become A Collective?" and below that 
the subheading "The Latest Episode In 
The World's Longest Running Soap 
Opera." 

In recent months. Gay News has in- 
deed often seemed like the backdrop for 
a badly rehearsed afternoon soap. The 
crisis, as such, had begun in September, 
when GN publisher Robert Palmer 
reversed a financial assessment he'd 
made only a few months before. He had 
said then that the paper had a "stable" 
present and a "positive" future. Now, 
suddenly, it had neither. Palmer claimed 
that "drastic economies" were needed 
immediately and called for substantial 
reductions in staff and in the paper's 
size. 

The news "came as a thunderclap" to 
staff and friends of Gay News, who still 
remembered champagne served up in 
abundance at a gala tenth-anniversary 
celebration held at London's posh Em- 
bassy Club only months before. Viewed 
through cocktail glasses, the future had 
looked so rosy. 

If Gay News was on the verge of fi- 
nancial collapse, the staff wanted to 
know why. Palmer blamed the sudden 
change in the paper's fortunes on a pro- 
jected drop in display advertising, but 
his "revised budgetary estimates" were 
soon suspect. Advertising revenue, 
though below the all-time high of spring 
1982, remeiined higher than in the cor- 
responding period for the previous year. 
The paper's fortnightly circulation had 
remained constant at around 19,000 
copies since the late '70s. 

Lavender Letter characterized the 
crisis as "a struggle that has as much to 
do with personal power as with corpor- 
ate finance." The larger issue, however, 
seemed the question of how a periodical 
founded in 1971 on £50 capital and con- 
ceived as a community-based collective 
had evolved into a privately owned com- 
pany that, in February 1982, was sold by 
a single owner to another individual for 
£120,000. 

• 
Andrew Lumsden, the paper's current 
editor, first made the proposal for "a 
non-partisan newspaper for gays to be 
distributed country- wide" at a Gay 
Liberation Front meeting in the Notting 
Hill Gate section of London in the fall 
of 1971. Lumsden, then a journalist for 
the Times, was joined in the planning by 
a Brixton record store clerk named 
Denis Lemon, and eventually by others. 
By the time the first issue of Gay News 
appeared at Gay Pride Day 1972, Lums- 
den had left the loosely formed collec- 
tive, not to return to GN until June 1981 
when he rejoined as news editor. 

Some close to the paper question whe- 
ther Gay News was ever, in practice, the 
"editorial collective" that it called itself 
for the first 24 issues. Michael Mason, 
who later became GA/'s news editor, 
thought the collective "a quaint fiction 




Demantfing answers: protesters at GN office 
In better, braver days: Palmer at gala tenth- 
anniversary celebrations at Embassy Club 

taken seriously by few. Denis Lemon 
was editor and his co-workers his 
'team.' " Whether collective or not in its 
beginnings, by 1973 all illusions to that 
effect had been removed. With Lemon 
by then the only remaining member of 
the first issue's collective of eight, and 
with the paper in financial difficulty. 
Gay News accepted loans reportedly 
totalling £3,150 from solicitor Richard 
Creed. In return. Creed was granted 49 
of the paper's 100 shares. Lemon at the 
same time was allotted 13 shares and giv- 
en 33 to hold for as long as he was in the 
employ of Gay News. "Overnight, and 
without any of us noticing," Mason 
later observed, "Gay News became a 
business owned not, as before, by its 
workers but by two men." 

By 1977 the paper was actually making 
money. Aided by the publicity and sym- 
pathetic support generated by moral cru- 
sader Mary Whitehouse's successful 
prosecution of Gay News and its editor 
for "blasphemous libel," the company 
reported a trading profit in that year of 
more than £8,000. 

In 1979 the staff voted to demand 
Richard Creed's departure. Creed had 
not been a particularly popular figure, 
but it was a specific, sordid series of 
events that finally prompted the de- 
mand. According to an article in the 
New Statesman last November, staff 
had been "baffied" by the way in which 
money sent by readers to the paper's 
mail order book service seemed to be 
disappearing. Michael Mason sent in 
three postal orders under assumed 
names to see what happened to them. He 
had one traced and found it had been 
paid into Creed's bank account. Creed, 
when confronted by Mason, admitted to 
having taken the money and said he had 
shared it with Denis Lemon. Creed's 
view "both on behalf of Denis and 
myself was that if the amounts involved 
were reasonable and fair it was a mere 
technicality how the matter was dealt 
with in the case of a company of which 
Denis and I are the sole shareholders." 
Creed estimated that he and Lemon had 
each received about £1 ,300 as reimburse- 
ments for expenses "on an informal 
basis." 



"The reimbursements were so infor- 
mal," the New Statesman pointed out, 
"that they did not go through the com- 
pany's books." 

When the unorthodox "reimburse- 
ment" method came to light. Lemon 
reportedly admitted to the staff that he 
had been given some of the money. He 
had not thought it wrong at the time, he 
said, but now reahzed that it was. He 
wept and the staff forgave him — so 
much so that he was allowed to buy 
Creed's 49 shares and was freed of his 
obUgation, if he were to leave the paper, 
to surrender the 33 shares he held in 
trust. Lemon reportedly paid Creed 
£12,500 for his shares (the G7V staff 
voted Lemon a salary increase to meet 
this amount) and retained him as a 
"consultant" to Gay News at an annual 
fee of £5,000. Creed never actually did 
any consulting for the paper; the fees, 
however, were paid. The Gay News cash 
drain had begun. 

It was Denis Lemon, now sole owner, 
who sold the paper to Robert Palmer 
early in 1982. The terms of the sale, kept 
secret at the time, called for an initial 
cash payment of £50,000, with an addi- 
tional £70,000 to be paid in installments 
over five years. Palmer hoped to stream- 
line GN's operation, increase distribu- 
tion and advertising sales and, he 
claimed, permit the staff to share in the 
paper's ownership. Soon after taking 
over, he expanded the GN board of 



LATE BREAKING NEWS 

As this issue of TAP goes to press, 
we've learned that Gay News has 
ceased publication following the col- 
lapse of efforts to finance the staff's 
purchase of the paper. See news story 
on page 20. 



directors to nine members — eight non- 
shareholding members of staff and 
himself. When, in October, the board 
began to resist his analysis of the com- 
pany's financial problems, Palmer 
removed seven of its members, including 
editor Andrew Lumsden. Two of the 
dismissed directors and another member 
of staff later lost their jobs in a com- 
promise settlement with the paper's 
three unions, which had rejected 
Palmer's earlier attempt at up to seven 
unilateral dismissals. 

When Palmer had informed the staff 
of the company's financial woes in 
September, he'd said that his £70,000 
debt to Lemon was not a factor. That, 
he claimed, was a personal obligation. 
Later, Palmer disclosed that the first in- 
stallment payment due Lemon — in the 
amount of £10,000 — was scheduled to 
be paid in December, and that if the pay- 
ment was not made. Lemon had the 
right to retake the paper. Neither he nor 
Gay News, Palmer said, had the money 
to meet the payment. 

At a London County Hall meeting on 
November 29, 150 staff, former staff. 
Gay News readers and community activ- 
ists resolved to wrest control of the 
paper from Robert Palmer, Denis 
Lemon or any other single individual. 

The battle to do so seemed lost on 
January 31, when Palmer announced 
that he and Lemon had renegotiated 
their deal and that "the ownership of 
Gay News was no longer in doubt." 
Lemon was to return as "editor-in-chief 
with full responsibility for editorial 
policy and content. The financial details 
were again kept secret, but it was widely 
believed that Lemon was retained as a 
"consultant" for one year for £12,000 
and that all payments due Lemon would 
remain due, one year deferred. 

Few missed the irony of Lemon's 
return: Palmer had previously boasted 
of rescuing Gay News from Lemon; 
Lemon had called Gay News "rather 
substandard" under Palmer and saw 
"no reason to read it." Money, like 
politics, it seemed, created strange bed- 
fellows. 

Staff and community were angry. 
Protesters gathered at GA^'s office the 
day after the announcement, and on 
February 4 the staff passed a resolution 
stating their unwillingness to recognize 
Denis Lemon in his new role and calling 
for his appointment to be withdrawn. 
The resolution may well have been the 
straw that broke management's back; 
three days later Palmer and Lemon 
issued a joint statement announcing 
their intention to "cooperate fully with 
the transference of Gay News Ltd to the 
current staff of Gay News or their repre- 
sentatives" if "an appropriate solution 
can be found." It is believed that Lemon 
and Palmer worked franticly over the 
previous weeks to find buyers for all or 
part of Gay News, but the paper with its 
"newly radicalized staff had become 
unsalable. As a result, the staff had be- 
come buyers of last resort. 

In the story's final ironic twist, they 
had won the chance to buy back what 
their predecessors had given away.lJ 
David Dubow is a freelamv writer from Sew 
York, now livinf; in London. 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/21 



TBP'S GUIDE TO WHAT'S ON IN TORONTO THIS MONTH 



Music Andrew Zealley 

D Youth Youth Youth. Fanatical hardcore/ 
punk outfit. Challenge your wits with pure 
energy and sheer volume. Beverly Tavern, 
240 Queen St W. April 25-27. No cover. 
DTBA. A miracle of dsmce music and hair- 
dos. The only Toronto appearance during 
their "Jock Spot Tour '83." At the swingin' 
uptown BJ Cuddles, 50 Bloor St W (below 
Holt Renfrew). Apr 29. 
DSimple Minds. Shimmering sound and 
vision from Scotland. Massey Hall, Shuter at 
Victoria. May 9. Tickets at BASS. 
DJohn Martyn. UK folk artist turned elec- 
tric. Larry's Hideaway, Carlton at Jarvis. 
Tickets at BASS and Record Peddler. 
DShreikback. New age dance unit from Bri- 
tain, with the most palatable "white funk" 
sound to date. Lju^ry's Hideaway, Carlton & 
Jarvis. Tickets at BASS and Record Peddler. 

Stage Jon Kaplan 

DMatrimonium. Donald Martin's "theatri- 
cal event" about two gay men and a woman 
has a touch of Cabaret, a touch of Dragnet, 
and a lot of show tunes put to an unusual 
use. Through April 30. Upstairs at Johnny 
K's (formerly the Blue Angel), 269 Queen St 
W. 593-1521. See review p 24. 
DA Day in the Life of.... New musical 
drama by Bryan Wade and Joey Miller deal- 
ing with the life of a transsexual. Brave New 
Works workshop series. April 27-30. Theatre 
Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. 363-2416. 
D Danny La Rue. The famous British female 
impersonator arrives to entertain his many 
fans. It's doubtful that he has eschewed his 
patronizing attitude toward women, though. 
Through April 30. Imperial Room, Royal 

Ferron: Dyke ballads on CBC Radio, May 14 




York Hotel, 100 Front St W. 368-6175. 
DThe Importance of Being Earnest. With 
Charmion King as Lady Bracknell, one of 
the greatest dragons in English drama. Lime- 
light Dinner Theatre at Teller's Cage, Com- 
merce Court. 862-1434. 
DSister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for 
You. In a screamingly funny send-up of the 
Roman Catholic Church, playwright Chris- 
topher Durang carries all of its dogmas — 
including its ban on homosexuality — to 
their logically illogical conclusions. On a 
double bill with Durang's 'Deniity Crisis. 
Opens May 15. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridg- 
man Ave. 531-1827. After the show on May 
20-21 and 27-28, The Quinlan Sisters will 



perform at the Maggie Bassett Studio, just 
around the corner. 

DFrescoes. Presented by Sweden's foremost 
experimental theatre group, Institutet for 
Scenkonst. May 31-June 5. Harbourfront, 
235 Queen's Quay W. 869-8412. 
DThe Euguelionne. A collective interpreta- 
tion by visual artists and performers of the 
novel by Quebec writer Louky Bersianik. 
Part of Women Building Culture Festival. 
563 Queen St W. 864-0891. Apr 28-29, 8 pm. 
D Stratford Festival. Previews begin this 
month for Macbeth (May 16), As You Like 
It (May 17), Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gon- 
doliers (rumour has it that the Duchess of 
Plaza-Toro will be done in drag — May 20), 
and Richard II (May 25). Stratford, Ontario. 
363-4471 (toll-free Toronto number). 
DShaw Festival. Highlights in May: a wel- 
come return of last year's zesty Cyrano de 
Bergerac (previews begin May 4), Caesar and 
Cleopatra (May 1 1), and the operetta Tom 
Jones, adapted by Chistopher Newton and 
Sky Gilbert. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. 
361-1544 (toll-free Toronto number). 
DThe Great Atomic Bomb Song and Dance 
Show. Set in the 31st century, the cast for 
this new play by local writer BJ Castleman 
(who recently directed The Ritz) includes 
Adam, Eve, the Wizard of Oz, Marilyn 
Monroe, Betty Boop and Bonnie Parker. 
Ariel Theatre Co, Alumnae Theatre, 70 Ber- 
keley St. 364-4170. TXies-Sat, May 13- 
June 11,8 pm. Preview May 1 1 . 
DLife on the Line. A new-wave musical 
satire. Young People's Theatre, 165 Front St 
E. 864-9732. 

DHand to Hand. A translation of Feydeau's 
sexual farce by former TBP writer Walter 
Bruno, with the story updated and moved to 
our Toronto. The wonderful cast is headed 
by fiona Reid. Through May 15. Toronto 
Free Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. 368-2856. 
D Female Parts. Four views of women, from 
the comic to the tragic, by Italian dramatist 
Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame. Star- 
ring Maja Ardal. Toronto Workshop Pro- 
ductions, 12 Alexander St. 925-8640. 
DLet My People Come. A sex musical, with 
some lesbian and gay material. Basin St 
Cabaret, 180 Queen St W. Mon-Thurs, 8 
pm; Fri-Sat, 8 and II pm. 598-3013. 

Art Nicolas Jenkins 

D Robert Mapplethorpe. An exhibit of the 
work of the renowned New York photo- 
grapher. Jane Corkin Gallery, 144 Front St 
W, Suite 620. 979-1980. "Ries-Sat, April 30- 
May 21, 10 am-5 pm. Mapplethorpe will be 
on hand for a book and poster signing May 
14 from 1 to 3 pm. 

D International Video Festival. Stuart 
Marshall, a British gay activist whose tapes 
"explore the many permutations of sexual- 
ity," and West German feminist Ulrike 
Rosenbach are among the artists taking part 
in this two week festival, April 29-May 10. 
Marshall leads a two-day workshop May 7-8, 
with his Kaposi's Sarcoma (The Plague and 
its Symptoms) and Oral Video's Watch Out, 
There's a Queer Out shown May 8 at 8:30 
pm. Rosenbach leads another workshop May 
9-10 and has two films shown May 10 at 8:30 
pm. Workshops $15, screenings $3. ARC, 789 
Queen St W. 947-9169. 
DCha Cha Inferno. Recent paintings by 
Andy Fabo and Robert Flack, on display for 
the next month or so in the backroom of the 
Cameron House, 408 Queen St W. 364-081 1 . 
D General Idea. More pissing poodles from 
the trio whose work some people love to 
hate. Through May 4. Carmen Lamana Gal- 
lery, 840 Yonge St. Their work can also be 
seen at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dun- 
das St W, through May 15. 




Desire: a 

tape by Nicolas Jenkins on the male 
form as used by mass media, at Mercerama 

DWomen's Perspective '83. Multi-media 
exhibition /festival. For details, call the Fem- 
inist Hotline, 534-1682. Partisan Gallery, 
2388 Dundas St W (at Bloor). May 7- June 4. 
DMatI Gould. Recent oils. Punchinello Gal- 
lery, 204A Baldwin St. 593-5054. Thurs-Sun, 
May 16- June 4, 1-5 pm. Opening night: May 
15, 4-7 pm. The local gay artist will also be 
present May 21, 28 and June 4. 



D Nine Forty. New gal- ^B lery art by 
women. Through May V 3: "Narratives 
from Childhood," in ^ conjunction 
with Women Building Culture. May 9-15: re- 
cent photo-xerography by CaroHne Murray. 
940 Queen St E. For info or to submit work, 
call Phyllis Waugh, 466-8840. 
D Edible Art Show. Have your cake and eat 
it too! Closing party of the Festival of 
Women Building Culture. 563 Queen St W. 
April 30, 8 pm. 864-0891. 
D Mercerama. Work by graduates of the On- 
tario College of Art, including Midi Onadera 
and yours truly. Mercer Union, 333 Adelaide 
St W, 5th floor. 977-1412. May 5, 8 pm. 

TV/Radio Stephen Stuckey 

D Ferron. The folksy lesbian BC singer in 
concert at the Mariposa Folk Festival. 
Simply Folk, CBC-Stereo. May 14, 11:05 pm. 
DThe Young in One Another's Arms. An 
adaptation for radio of the novel by Body 
Politic contributor and Galiano Island writer 
Jane Rule. When Ruth Wheeler's Vancouver 
rooming house is appropriated, she takes her 
unusual crew of tenants away to live on an 
island. Adapted by Anne Cameron. Sunday 
Stereo Theatre, CBC Stereo. Part I: May 8, 
7:05 pm; Part II: May 15, 7:05 pm. 
DNol a Love Story: A Film About Porno- 
graphy. The 1981 NFB docufilm that trig- 
gered all the controversy. Superchannel Pay- 
TV. May 26, 11 pmandMay3I,J:30am. 



Matt Gould: Exhibition of paintings at Punchinello's, opening May 15 and continuing to June 4 



22/THE BODY POLITIC 





Cinema Stephen Stuckey 

DQuerelle. Fassbinder's last film, based on 
Genet's 1947 novel about a violent sailor and 
the turbulent passions he stirs up in the men 
and women around him. Stars Brad Davis, 
Franco Nero and Jeanne Moreau. Cumber- 
land Four, 159 Cumberland St. 964-5970. 
DLianna. John Sayles's realistic film about 
a married New Jersey housewife (played by 
Linda Griffiths) who realizes that she is gay. 
WARNING! The Ontario Censor Board has 
declared that this film involves a "controver- 
sial lifestyle." The faint-hearted should 
beware, lest they collapse in the aisle. Carl- 
ton Cinemas, Carlton & Yonge. 296-3456. 
Din a Year with Thirteen Moons. Fass- 
binder film about Elvira, a transsexual. 
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St W (at Bathurst). 
May 15,7pm. 532-6677. 
DThe Conformist. Bertolucci's tensely bril- 
liant 1971 film about fascism and repressed 
homosexuality. Several highly erotic scenes 
involving Dominique Sanda and Stefania 
Sandrelli. Brighton Cinema, 127 Ronces- 
valles Ave. May 18, 7 pm. 537-9767. 



EATING OUT 



Greg Saint Louis 

• Members of Lambda Business Council 

' Special this issue: Church St Ca\i. Not very 
much o( an assertive character, but food and prices 
not to be believed The (resh mussles are a special 
delight in what used to be the Amsterdam Caf6 
Every day till midnight, Sunday 10-5. Unlicensed. 
485 Church St, 925-1155. Dinner for two comes to 
less than $20 

! Barney's. Breakfast and lunch. JUST Pi^iN GOOD 
$10orlessfor2 385QueenStW. 
[ iBemelman's. Pop singles bar and pricey 



restaurant. Fashionably cruisy, especially early 
Sunday. 83 Bloor St W. 960-0306. 
DThe Blue Angel. Special extended happy hours 
from 4-7 pmand 11-1 am daily — good news for 
thirsty shoppers. 269 Queen St W. 593-1521. 
DCafe New Orleans. See/be seen patio packed 
year 'round. Beer, wine, innocuous fare. Go for the 
view. 618 Yonge St. 922-2439. 
DCarlevale's. Unaffected distinction in Italian din- 
ing at a languid pace. 1 58 Avenue Rd. 922-4787. 
DChez Loll. Cozy, very pink. New-French meals. 
$40 -f for 2. 69 Yorkville Ave 960-0894. 

• Crispins. Innovative winter prix-fixe and a la 
carte menus; European, local and vegetarian 
cuisines. Popular wine list, well researched. 
$20-50 for 2. 66 Gerrard St E. 977-1919. 

• Dudes. Full menu. 10 Breadalbane (behind Park- 
side Tavern). 923-6136. 

DIB East Hotel 4 Tavern. Inexpensive home- 
cooked meals. Daily prime rib special, $4.95; Sun- 
day brunch $3.95. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. 
DEmilio's. Sandwich stop, restaurant, baron low 
east side. Brilliant menu changes every week. 
$20-40 for 2. 127 Queen St E. 366-3354. 
DFare Exchange. Small neighbourhood caf6. 4 
Irwin Ave. 923-5924. 

DFenton's. Pre-eminent temple of refection. Less 
expensive room downstairs $60-100 for 2. 2 Glou- 
cester St 961-8485. 

LiFiesta. Bright, lively hyper-trend restaurant; 
unusual specials. 838 Yonge St. 924-1990, 
n Figaro Ristorante and Cabaret. Italian food. LA 
entertainment 21 Yorkville Ave 923-3263 
(1 Hart's. Homey open room features coeurs k la 
kitsch, all-day menu and desserts Full bar. 
Casual, friendly staff, good prices. $8-30 for 2. 225 
Church SI at Dundas 368-5350 

• Jennie's. Casual restaurant with anything from 
burgers to steaks Fully licensed 360 Queen St E 
(at Parliament) 861-1461. 

1 I Johnny K's. Swank chromo-bar/supper salon on 
the beach All day menu, brunch, full license. 
$15-20 for 2 1955 Queen St E 698-7133 

• Les Cavaliers. Continental menu, dally specials 
418 Church St 977-4702 

• Lipstick. Caf^-bar with full menu plus late-nite 



snack stuff. Music drifts from disco to nuevo wavo. 

4:30 pm-3 am (4 am weekends). 2 for 1 brunch 
first Sun of month. 580 Parliament St. 922-6655. 
n Living Well is the Best Revenge. Late-date cafe 
open daily until 2, Fri & Sat to 4. Soup/- 
sandwiches, beer/wine. 692 Yonge St. 922-6770. 
D Major Roberts. Neighbourhood bar upstairs, 
dining downstairs. Inexpensive lunches; fixed- 
price Sunday brunch. 124 Harbord St. 968-7000. 
D Master Chef. Spanish goodies and jugs of 
Sangria. $25-40 for 2. Bloor St W at Brunswick. 
D Metropolitan. Snappy Jetson-like space — 
attracts advance guard of fashion. Food unpredict- 
able. Sporty lounge quiet on Sunday afternoons. 
667 Yonge St. 968-2571. 

Frescoes: Swedisli theatre at Harbourfront 




D Mushrooms. Casual basement restaurant. Busi- 
ness clientele changes to show-biz/gay crowd in 
late eve. 49 Front St E. 368-1898. 
DThe Outpost (at Hotel California). Inexpensive 
menu. 319 Jarvis St. 925-6215. 
DParltway Restaurant and Tavern. Vintage Cab- 
bagetown chophouse with free live acts. $10 or 
less. 488 Parliament St. 924-7202. 
DPeachtree Restaurant. Burgers, salads, soups, 
desserts Till 1 am daily. 678 Yonge St. 967-4800. 
• Pimblett's. Gaudy friendly British pub/bistro — 
import draught, desserts. 249 Gerrard St E. 
929-9525. 

D Queen Mather Cafe. Cosy, informal place with 
reasonably priced soups, salads, sandwiches and 
desserts 206 Queen St W. 598-4719. 
(URaclette. Hearty sandwiches, lively salads, fon- 
dues, raclettes, and a truly amazing by-the-glass 
wine list $15-30 for 2 361 Queen St W. 593-0934. 
DThe Rivoli. Popular soup, sandwich and dessert 
spot with Laotian specialities. Cabaret space in 
back room 334 Queen St W. 596-1908. 
HLe Select Bistro. Parisian fare, daily specials and 
vins dujour Jazz/blues tapes and smart service 
$15-30 for 2 328 Queen St W 596-6405 
iL; Together. Continental menu, specials. Sunday: 
allyoucaneat/ $6. 457 Church St. 923-3469. 



NIGHTLIFE 



Bars 



The Albany Tavern. 158 King St E 861-1155 
Lounge, beverage room, dance floor with OJ, patio. 
Popular Sunday tea-dances 
I The Barn. 83 Granby St 977-4702 Casual 
stand-up bar and disco. 

Boots (at the Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 
921 3142 Dance floor, lounge, casual dining room 
: Buddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St 
977-9955 Chatty, casual stand-up bar. 
nOud's (at Hotel Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-1035 Video, dance floor. 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/23 



ON THE TOWN 



Disco-Tecb International is planning 
their first "superparty" for August at 
The Concert Hall, to feature a top disco 
star. Artists under consideration include 
Lime, Sylvester, Divine, the Patrick 
Cowley Singers, the Weather Girls, Paul 
Parker and Sharon Redd. Local non- 
profit groups are being invited to partici- 
pate. . . . Local gay playwright Sky Gil- 
bert's Pasolini/Pelosi: The God in 
Unknown Flesh enjoyed full houses for 
most of its run. Word of the very sensual 
fellatio scene may have brought the boys 
in, but Gilbert's aptitude for stimula- 
ting, entertaining, and touching an audi- 
ence for an entire evening kept them 
there. Watch for his Four Different 
Kinds of Water in the fall, based on the 
paintings of David Hockney and the 
poetry of Thomas Gunn. . . . Canada's 
Wonderland is bringing in Donna Sum- 
mer on June 13, Bette Midler on June 27 
Melissa Manchester /David Brenner on 
July 16, and George Benson on August 
24. Tickets for the series, at the new 
Kingswood Music Theatre, are $73.50 
(pavilion seats) or $44 (lawn seats), with 
single tickets on sale at the end of May. 
Info: 832-8131.... Coraelius is currently 
Toronto's hottest gay men's bar, despite 
predictions that Gasworks, the straight 
rock bar downstairs, would keep busi- 
ness away. . . . Gay Asians Toronto is 
seeking performers and technicians (not 
necessarily Asian) for their third anni- 
versary celebration next month. Call 
Alan at Glad Day (%1-4161) or Jonas at 
927-8359. JohnAllecD 

THE EDGE OF FANTASY 

Triple Action Theatre's Matrimonium is 
gritty and grotesquely graphic. Toronto 
author Donald Martin states in the pro- 
gramme that "Reality and fantasy are 
very interesting stages for a playwright 
to explore. And the more one explores 
them the more one realizes they are one 
and the sjime." And so Martin scaven- 
ges various incidents, forms cuid shapes 
from his early '70s Toronto experiences 
and tries to mold them into structures 
and dialogues. At times there are touch- 
ing and harrowing reflections of what it 
was like to be alive in Toronto in those 
seemingly distant years. 

British director Steven Rumbelow, 




Matrimonium: Angie Piette as a woman involved with two gay men, at Jolinny K's till April 30. 



"the Fellini of the Fringe," brings a 
richly developed and stylized technique 
to bear upon this rather delicate and 
embryonic material. The less than bliss- 
ful marriage of author and director in- 
vests the entire production with a very 
bracing and challenging tension. To 
quote Rumbelow, "I have always been 
interested in the way in which Americans 
seem to live constantly on the edge of 
fantasy. This is seen day to day in 
mimicking and worship of social icons, 
totemsand heroes." Rumbelow exer- 
cises this thesis very broadly in the night- 
club setting he chose, and at many 
points his technique is just too heavy for 
the script. 

The players — Lawrence King Phillips 
is dreamy and vicious in the Vietnam 
Victim role, Billy. James Pagan Tait is 



also extremely effective as Gene, a role 
similar to that of the emcee in Cabaret. 

Even with the blurred distinctions and 
expressions, its unclear forms and 
shapes, something intangible has been 
captured. The staged tableaux capture a 
breadth of the paradoxical chasm that is 
Toronto, a city which only ten years ago 
was the last refuge of thousands of draft 
dodgers and AWOLs from Vietnam. 
Martin and Rumbelow have touched a 
nerve ending here. Ten years ago the 
Toronto Sun had stories about "Viet 
Vets" blowing out their brains in room- 
ing houses where today chic condo- 
miniums and townhouses sprout like 
mushrooms. Matrimonium heralds the 
arrival of a disquieting and essential 
theatrical voice to stuffy and forgetful 
TO. DayneOgilvieD 



Heady hair-dos: TBA playing at the You-Know Awards, and entertainer Danny La Rue, both gracing the stage at the Royal Yorl<'s Imperial Room 




Bars 

continued from page 23 

nCameo Club. 95 Trinity St. 368-2824. Licensed 
private dance club for women. Fri and Sat only. 
DCornelius. 579 Yonge St. 967-4666. Bar, 
generous dance floor. 

DDudes. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind 
Parkside Tavern). 923-6136. Stand-up and after- 
hours bar and restaurant. 
DKatrina's. 5 St Joseph St. 961-4740. Stand-up 
bar with dance floor. Open Fri and Sat to 4 am. 
Cover charge on weekends. Dining lounge. 
DLes Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702. Piano 
singalong bar, very chatty. 
DMalloney's. 85 Grenville St (one west of Bay). 
922-4106. Bar/dance floor. Lesbians and gay men. 
DThe Outpost (at Hotel California). 319 Jarvis St 
(side entrance). 925-6215. Leather and denim 
crowd, esp weekends. Dining room, pool room. 
DParkside Tavern. 530 Yonge St. 922-3844. Bar, 
dining room and men's beverage room, 
DThe Quest. 665 Yonge St. 964-8641 . Bar, dining 
room and upstairs disco. 
DSt Charles Tavern. 488 Yonge St. 925-5517. 
City's landmark straight-owned gay bar. 
DTogether. 457 Church St. 923-3469. Lesbian 
bar, dining room. 

DThe Tool Box. Leather club bar. 18 Eastern Ave. 
368-4040. Happy hour, 9-10 pm. 



Baths 



DThe Backdoor Gym and Sauna. 121/2 Elm St 
(laneway west of Yonge St 2 blocks south of Ger- 
rard St). 977-5997. 24 hours. 
DThe Barracks. 56 Widmer St. 593-0499. Leather/ 
denim. 6 pm-4 am; 24 hours on weekends. 
DThe Club. 231 Mutual St. 977-4629. 24 hours. 
DThe Roman's Health and Recreation Spa. 742 
BaySt. 598-2110. 24 hours. 



Discos 



DCharly's. 488 Yonge St, upstairs. 925-5517. 

Men only. Fri and Sat, 10 pm to 3:30 am. 

DClub Domino. 1 Isabella St. 968-1010. Mixed, 

trendy. 

DClub Mystique. 16 Phlpps Ave (behind Sutton 

Place Hotel). 927-7707. Fri-Sun. 

DManatee. 1 1 A St Joseph St. 922-1898. Men 

only. Fri-Sun. 

DStages. 530 Yonge St. 928-0492. Mixed. Fri-Sat 

12 to 5 am. Sun 10:30 pm-4 am. 

DTw/ilight Zone. 185 Richmond StW. 977-3347. 

NewWave, mixed. 

Accommodation 

DCatnaps Guesthouse. 246 Sherbourne St. 
968-2323. Fifteen rooms, TV lounge, pool table 
and game room, laundry and kitchen facilities, 
sundeck. One or two people: $25. 
ni8 East Hotel. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. Bar 
and dining room, 22 rooms, TV lounge, sauna, 
gym, laundry facilities. 1 or 2 people; $20. 
DHotel California. 319 Jarvis St. 925-6215. 
Renovated. 47 rooms, private baths, lounge. Bar 
and dining room. $35 single, weekend rates. 
DThe Selby Hotel. 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-3142. Victorian-style hotel; bar, dining room. 
72 rooms, private baths. No housekeeping. One 
person; $23.50; two people: $29.50. 



COMMUNITY 



DToronto Gay Community Council. 105 Carlton St. 4tti floor. 
k/l5B 1M2. Umbrella organization ol lesbian and gay groups. 
Forum lor sharing information and discussing political strategies. 

Social/political action 

□Bridges. Drawer D062, c/o TBP, Box 7289. Stn A, Mb\N 1X9, 

Michael Riordon (922-0735), Group connecting lesbian, gay and 

third world liberation struggles. 

□Chutzpah. 730 Bathurst St, li/l5S 2R4. 782-3942. Group for 

Jewish gay men and lesbians and friends, 

□Coalition lor Gay Rights In Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. Stn A. 

M5W 1G3 533-6824, Toronto office; 730 Bathurst St, !VI5S 2R4 

□Committee to Delond John Damian, 1508-914 Yonge St, 

M4W 3C8, 925-6729, 

continued on page 27 



Want to get your event listed? 

It's a snap. Mail all information 

to Out in the City, TBP, Box 7289, Stn 

A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1X9. 

Or call 977-6320. 

Deadline for the June issue: 

Thursday, May 12, 1983. 



24/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 




Malloney's 



T — r 



UPSTAIRS 



Sunday Brunch 



FULL FOOD SERVICE 

NOON TO 3 A.M. 

MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 



85 Grenville Street • 1 Block West of Bay • Toronto 



MAY 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/25 



PULL-OUT AND 

PUT-UP CALENDAR 

OF EVENTS IN 

TORONTO FROM 

WEDNESDAY 

APRIL 27 

TO TUESDAY 

MAY 31 





WED/APRIL 27 

DNew Dimensions at Malloney's. The social 
group for women converges on 85 Grenville 
St about nine-ish. Info: Gayle, 683-8691. 
HGay Community Council of Toronto. 
Forum for sharing info and debating issues. 
519 Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Info: 923-GAYS or CGRO (533-6824). 
DA Day in the Life Of.... See Stage. 

THURS/APRIL28 

[j "Pornographic Imagery: Semiotics and 
Psychology." CBC Radio producer Max 
Allen addresses a Gays in Health Care din- 
ner meeting, with slide presentation, at 
Bumpkins Restaurant, 21 Gloucester St. 
Guests welcome. Cocktails at 7 pm, dinner 
at 8. $15 (liquor extra). Info: 690-0989. 
DThe Euguelionne. See Sfage. 
nOut & Out Film Night. Path of the Pad- 
dle, on canoeing. $2. 7:30 pm. 927-0970. 

FRI/APRIL29 

DGay Fathers of Toronto Potluck Supper. 
6:30 pm. Info: 368-1166 or 967-4203. 
D Spirit (Gays in the Salvation Army) Sup- 
per Meeting. Call 482-1817 for details. 
DTBA. See/Wus/c. 

SAT/APRIL 30 

D Opening Games of Cabbagetown Softball 
League Season. Beginning today at 12:30 
and continuing every Saturday and Sunday 
till 5 pm throughout the summer (with games 
occasionally starting at 1 1 am). Oglers more 
than welcome, and refreshments are prom- 
ised. Games take place on both the east and 
west sides of Riverdale Park. For info on the 
League, call 863-0438. 
D Edible Art Show. See krX. 
D Women Out Of Doors Country Cycling 
Tour. Shared gas and tea at the Terracotta 
Inn. 8:30 am. 463-0924. 
nOut & Out Wildflower Walk. A botanist 
will lead this easy going hike, to catch the 
first woodland spring flowers. Bring lunch 
and raingear. Book by April 27. 927-0970. 
DWomen Out Of Doors Canoe Day. 
Instructions on canoeing, in Kelso Conserva- 
tion Area. Call 463-0924 by April 15. 
DChutzpah House Party. 8 pm at Steve's. 
782-3942. 

D Nicaragua Can Dance. A benefit for 
Canadian Action for Nicaragua. Music by 
The Palladins, theatre with Toronto Street 
Theatre, and a slide show. Food, drink, and 
free professional daycare. St Paul's Church, 
83 Power St (Queen & Parliament). $5 ($4 
advance). Info: 654-9445. 

SUN/MAY 1 

□ Out & Out Hikes to Hilton Falls. Tramp- 
ing along old logging trails, down a steep 
gorge, through hardwood forests, to the 
meadowlands of the Kelso Conservation 
area. Bring lunch and raingear; book by 
April 29. 927-0970. 

□ Lesbian Mothers Potluck Brunch. Share 
food, friendship and thoughts on raising 
children. 1-4 pm. Info: 465-6822. 

MON/MAY 2 

□ Women Out Of Doors Hiking Clinic. 

Equipment, technique, tips. 7:30 pm. Book 
at 463-0924 by April 28. 

TUES/MAY 3 

□ Integrity (Gay Anglicans) Service. Guest 
preacher Rev Grant Gallup of Integrity 
Chicago. Social hour follows. See Tuesdays. 

□ Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Meeting. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 8 pm. 

WED/MAY 4 

□ Lesbian Phone Line Meeting. Prospective 
volunteers welcome. 348 College St, 3rd 
floor. 7 pm. 960-3249 (Tues evenings). 

□ Lutherans Concerned. 8 pm in a member's 
home. Info: David or James, 463-7354. 

THURS/MAY5 

□ Rita Mae Brown. The author of the classic 
Rubyfruit Jungle and the upcoming Sudden 
Death, about lesbians in the world of profes- 
sional tennis, appears at a booksigning at 
Toronto Women's Bookstore, 85 Harbord St 
(922-8744) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. 

□ Gay Community Dance Committee Meet- 
ing. Interested volunteers always welcome. 
519 Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 



SEND ALL INFO TO: 
OUT IN THE CITY, TBP 

BOX 7209, STN A 

TORONTO M5W 1X9. 

DEADLINE FOR 

THE JUNE ISSUE: 

THURSDAY, MAY 12 



□ GLAD (Gay/Lesbian Action for Disarma- 
ment) Meeting. Follow-up discussion to 
April 23 demonstration. Info: 923-GAYS. 

□ Mercerama. See Art. 

FRI/MAY 6 

□ Network of the Americas of the Interna- 
tional Gay Association — Spring Meeting. 

Main item for discussion is planning for 
International Year of Lesbian and Gay 
Action (1984). For info, contact the Toronto 
IGA Support Group, c/o Gay Community 
Council, or call 461-9188 (Philip) or 
926-1769 (Jo-Anne). 



SAT/MAY 7 



□ Rummage Sale. Lesbian and Gay Youth 
Toronto and the Lesbian Mothers' Defence 
Fund hold a bake sale /bazaar extravaganza, 
from noon to 4 pm at the 519 Church St 
Community Centre. If you can donate baked 
goods, plants, furniture, clothes or whatever, 
please call beforehand to arrange pick-up or 
delivery, or bring your stuff down to the 519 
from 10 am to noon today. Info: Francie at 
465-6822 or leave message at 363-4405. 

□ Women Out Of Doors Day Hike & 
Brunch. Rain or shine, bring food to Old 
Mill subway entrance at 1 1 am. 463-0924. 

□ Out & Out Camping/Birding Weekend. At 
Point Pelee, one of the best birding spots in 
North America. Led by an ornithologist. 
Book By April 6. 927-0970. 

□ Canoe Skills Clinic. With the Out & Out 
Club. $10 (includes canoe rental). 927-0970. 

□ Mad Hatter Masquerade. Bowler or 
babushka, turban or tiara! A Gay Com- 
munity Dance Committee event. Disco/ 
rock/new wave/women's music. The Con- 
cert Hall, 888 Yonge St (at Davenport). 

9 pm-5 am. See ad p 14. 



SUN/MAY 8 



□ Chutzpah Mother's Day Brunch, with the 
gay Jewish group. Info: 782-3942. 

□ The Young in One Another's Arms. See 

TV/Radio. 



□ "Kaposi's Sarcoma" and "Watch Out, 
There's a Queer Out." See Art. 



MON/MAY 9 



□ In Holy Union. The Metropolitan Com- 
munity Church holds an information meet- 
ing for lesbian and gay couples interested in 
holy union. Call 536-2848 for info and to 
confirm. 730 Bathurst St, 7:30 pm. 

□ Nine Forty. SeeM. 

TUES/MAY 10 

□ Lambda Business Council. General meet- 
ing and election of officers. 89 Burnside Dr, 
7 pm. All businesspeople welcome. 

□ "Being Gay and Jewish." A discussion 
organized by Chutzpah. 519 Church St Com- 
munity Centre, 8 pm. Info: 782-3942. 

□ Ulrike Rosenbach. See Art. 

□ Integrity (Gay Anglicans) Service. Con- 
temporary Eucharist, with guest woman 
priest. Lyn Freese will talk on women's 
issues in the gay community. See Tuesdays. 

□ Women Out Of Doors Slide Show. 
"Conquering Your Fears of Bicycle 
Touring." 7 pm. 463-0924. 

WED/MAY 1 1 

□ Out & Out Orchid Walk. An experienced 
botanist leads a trek through meadows of 
southern Ontario. Bring lunch and raingear; 
book by May 6. 

□ Gay Self-Defence Course Begins. Wednes- 
days at 7 pm for eight weeks. $45. 423-4803. 

□ International Women's Day Committee 
Meeting. University Settlement House, 7:30 
pm. 789-4541. 

THURS/MAY12 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto Discussion 
Group. Info: 368-1 166 or 967-4203. 

FRI/MAY 13 

□ "The Largest Lesbian & Gay Dance in 
Kitchener-Waterloo." Ever. Sponsored by 
the Lesbian and Gay Dance Committee. The 
Studio, Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St 
N (enter off Ellen St), Kitchener. From out 
of town, just follow the signs to The Centre. 
9:30 pm to 2 am. $2.50 ($1.50 members). 

□ Foundation for the Advancement of 
Canadian Transsexuals Meeting. 519 Church 
St Community Centre, 8 pm, followed by 
social hour. Info: (I) 529-7884. 

□ Out & Out Biking/Camping Weekend. 
After taking in the Shaw Festival's produc- 
tion of Cyrano de Bergerac, bikers will tour 
around Niagara-on-the-Lake and meet for a 
joint barbecue with the hiking group (see 
May 14). Hike, bike, or just come down for 
the party! 927-0970. 





Lisa Lyon: Photos by Mapplethorpe of the body builder/performance artist, "banishing traditional female archetypes, " at Jane Corkin Gallery 



SAT/MAY 14 



D Niagara Gorge Hike. Out & Out heads 
from the historic town of Niagara-on-the- 
Lake to a joint barbecue with the weekend 
bikers (see May 13.) 927-0970. 
DFerron. See TV/Radio. 
D Robert Mapplethorpe. See Art. 
DCruise Missile Teach-in. Conference on 
Cruise missile testing in Canada, organized 
by the Against Cruise Testing Coalition 
(ACT). Council Chamber, City Hall, 10 am. 
Info: 469-4171. Through Sunday. 



SUN/MAY 15 



D Women Out Of Doors Day Hike. At 

Rattlesnake Point (on the Bruce Trail), rain 
or shine. 8:30 am. 463-0924. 
DMatt Gould. Opening night. See Art. 
DYear With Thirteen Moons. See Cinema. 

M0N/MAY16 

n Right to Privacy Committee Annual Gen- 
eral Meeting. Constitutional changes and 
election of '83-'84 officers. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 8 pm. 

TUES/MAY17 

n Integrity (Gay Anglicans) Service. Presen- 
tation by the Downtown Churchworkers 
Association. See Tuesdays. 

WED/MAY 18 

[ Luiherans Concerned. 8 pm in a member's 
home. Info: David or James, 463-7354. 
DThe Conformist. See Cinema. 
' Spanish Night at The Outpost. Hot eats 
and hot hombres, at (he leather /levi hang- 
out, 319 Jarvis St. 925-6215. 

THURS/MAY19 

DChutzpah Film Night. Info: 782-3942. 

FRI/MAY 20 

nOut & Out Camping/Hiking Weekend. In 

one of Ontario's most beautiful parks, Kil- 
larney. Book by May 10, Bring own equip- 
ment; food/transportaiion shared. 927-0970. 
DOul & Out Canoe Weekend. Through Kil- 
larney Park — for experienced canoeists 



only. Book by May 10. 927-0970. 
D Women Out Of Doors Allegheny Back- 
packing Weekend. Participants must be in 
good hiking shape or have attended a May 
day hike. RSVP by Apr 28. $30. 463-0924. 
DThe Quinlan Sisters. See Stage. 



SAT/MAY 21 



DCGRO Annual Meeting. A weekend 
hosted by Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 
Highlight: "Pots & Kettles," a workshop on 
institutional chauvinism. Info: Coalition for 
Gay Rights in Ontario, 533-6824. 
D Buddy's Fifth Anniversary Weekend. 
Since it opened five years ago. Buddy's has 
become almost as much an institutional relic 
on Toronto's gay scene as its notorious part 
owner/manager George Hislop. Tonight: 
draw for New York Extravaganza, at 11 pm. 
See ad p 5. 370 Church St, 977-9955. 

SUN/MAY 22 

DBuddy's Birthday Brunch. Featuring the 
Octavia Quartet with guest flautist Cathy 
Duncan. $6.95. See ad p 5. 

MON/MAY 23 

DMalloney's Motorcycle Draw. The bike 
everyone's been mooning over since this les- 
bian and gay bar opened will be given away 
tonight. 85 Grenville St. 922-4106. 
DBuddy's Buddy Contest. $200 in prizes. 
Selection at 10:30 pm. See ad p 5. 

TUBS/MAY 24 

U Integrity (Gay Anglicans) Service. Presen- 
tation by Gay Court Watch. See Tuesdays. 



WED/MAY 25 



ri"The Botany of Southern Ontario." The 

distinguished founder of Ontario's famous 
Bruce Trail hosts two sessions for Out & Out 
on the changing landscape of Ontario. Lec- 
ture/slide show tonight and an expedition 
(including special access to Short Hill Pro- 
vincial Park, not yet open to (he public) on 
May 28. Limited to 15. $13 (members $10). 
Transportation costs shared. 927-0970. 
I IGay Community Council Meeting. Forum 
for sharing info and debating issues. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Info: 923-GAYS or C GRO (533-6824). 



D International Women's Day Committee 
Meeting. University Settlement House, 7:30 
pm. 789-4541. 

THURS/MAY26 

n "Coming Out After Marriage, and What 
Does 'Out' Mean?" A Gay Fathers of 
Toronto meeting. 519 Church St Community 
Centre, 8 pm. Info: 368-1166 or 967-4203. 
DOut & Out Takes Over Buddy's. Annual 
get-together and open house. Non-members 
are welcome to come and hear about the 
plans for summer outings and events. Cash 
bar, raffle, entertainment by "Time Out." 
Buddy's, 370 Church St. Evening. 
DGay Community Dance Committee 
Meeting. Volunteers welcome. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
DNot A Love Story. See TV/RadiO. 

SAT/MAY 28 

DChutzpah Party. At Joel's. 782-3942. 
DMCC Annual Bazaar and Rummage Sale. 

To donate items, call 536-2848. 730 Bathurst 
St, 10am-2pm. 

SUN/MAY 29 

DHorseback Riding with Out & Out. 1 1 am. 

Bring appropriate gear and lunch. 927-0970. 
DChutzpah Brunch. The gay Jewish group 
invites you to meet at The Bagel (College & 
Spadina), at 1 pm. Info: 782-3942. 
D Women Out Of Doors Novice Cycle Tour. 
In-city; noon. Bring lunch and RSVP at 
463-0924 by May 25. 

MON/MAY 30 

DGay Counselling Centre Annual Meeting. 

Anyone interested in the activities of the cen- 
tre is urged to attend. 519 Church St Com- 
munity Centre, 7:30 pm. Info: 977-2153. 

TUES/MAY31 

i I Integrity (Gay Anglicans) Service. Ms 

Nancy Tyrill, well-known Toronto Christian 
social activist, will speak on her work exper- 
ience this past winter with an ecumenical 
team in Cuba. Worship led by Paul Murphy 
of Dignity. Sec Tuesdays. 
I lOut & Out Film Night. "Yukon Passage." 
$2. 972-0970. 
[ Wall Whitman's Birthday 



MONDAYS 



DThe Women's Group. Collectively run 

support and consciousness-raising group 

for lesbians. 519 Church St, 8 pm. Contact 

Raechel (926-0527). 

D Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League. 

9 pm. For info, ask at Buddies, Dudes, 

Boots or the Albany. 

DOvereaters Anonymous. For gays and 

lesbians. 8 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 



TUESDAYS 



D Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Church of the 
Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre). 7:30 pm. 



WEDNESDAYS 



D Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St. Wheelchair 
accessible, amplified for the hearing- 
impaired. 

D No-Name Cafe. For people who want an 
alternative to the bar scene. A place to 
relax, with coffee, tea and conversation. 
519 Church St, 8-10 pm. 
DToronto Addicted Women's Self-Help 
Network. Self-help group for women ad- 
dicted to alcohol and other drugs. Central 
Neighbourhood House. 349 Ontario St, 7 
pm. Info: 961-7319. 



THURSDAYS 



D Canadian Gay Archives. Open for 
research and tours, 7-10 pm. 24 Duncan St, 
fifth floor. Info: 977-6320. 
D Married Lesbians. Support discussion 
group sponsored by Spouses of Gays. 1:30 
pm, 206 St Clair Ave W. 967-0597. 
DTAG Coming Out Group. Meets in 
private home. Supportive atmosphere for 
people coming to terms with their sexuality. 
8 pm. Info: 964-6600. 

D Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League. 
9:30 pm. Info: ask at Buddy's, Dudes, 
Boots or the Albany. 



WEEKENDS 



FRIDAYS 

DRiverdale Volleyball League. For info, 

ask at the gay-owned bars. 



SUNDAYS 



D Dignity/Toronto. Worship followed by 

discussion. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 

Sherbourne St, 4 pm. 960-3997. 

D Metropolitan Community Church. 

Singspiration at 7:10, worship at 7:30 and 

fellowship following. 730 Bathurst St. 

Wheelchair accessible, amplified for the 

hearing-impaired. 

D Alcoholics Anonymous. High Noon 

Gay /Lesbian Group. 12 noon, 730 Bathurst 

St. Speaker. Open to all. 



PHONELINES 



DGaycare Toronto 243-5494 

Seven days a week, 7-11 pm. 

D Lesbian Phoneline 960-3249 

TUes 7:30-10:30 pm. 

D Lesbian & Gay Youth Toronto . .533-2867 

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 7-10:30 pm. 

D Spouses of Gays 967-0597 

Wed and Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm. 

DToronto AreaGays(TAG) 964-6600 

Mon-Sat 7-10:30 pm. 

Counselling, info. 

DBisexuals International. (215) 634-6244 

(Philadelphia). 

DCIRPA 960-6318 

Citizens' Independent Review of Police 
Activities 24-hour confidential hotline. 
Trouble with the police? Call us first! 



FOR MORE UP-TO-DATE INFO: 




Booksignmgvvifc 

M^ 5, 1983 




TbrontoWomen's Bookstore 
85HarbordSt. 922-8744 




// 



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Festival 

..for anyone who loves theatre, 
an absolute necessity." 

— The New York Times 

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Cleopatra 

by Bernard Shaw 

Cyrano 

de Bergerac 

by Edmond Rostand 
translated and adapted by 
Anthony Burgess 

Tom Jones 

an Operetta by Sir Edward 
German based on the nove 
by Henry Fielding 

Rookery Nook 

by Ben Travers 

Private Lives 

by Noel Coward 

The Simpleton 
of the 

Unexpected 
Isles 

by Bernard Shaw 

Candida 

by Bernard Shaw 




by Telephone 

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Monday through 
Sunday 

Toll Free from Toronto 

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OR call long distance 

(416) 

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Tickets also available at 
all Ticketron outlets. 



1983 



Call or write for your 
free copy of our 
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Shaw Festival 
P.O. Box 774 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, 
Ont. LOS IJO 



NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE 



Social/Political action 

continued trom p 24 

DFoMscip (Oral History Pro|Kt). Conducting interviews with gay 
people John Grutie, 961-8947 

nFoundallon for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals 
(FACT) - Toronto. 519 Church St Community Centre. M4Y 2C9. 
GGay Alliance at YofK. c/o CYSF, 105 Central Sq. Yori< University, 
4700 Keele SI, Dov^nsview, ON M3J 1P3, 667-2515. 
DGay Asians Toronto. Box 752, Stn F, M4Y 2N6. H/lonthly meeting 
and social Into Glad Day, 961-4161, 
DGay Community Appeal of Toronto, Box 2212. Stn P, M5S 2T2 
869-3036. Fund-raising lor gay and lesbian community projects. 
DGay Community Dance Committee (GCDC), 730 BathursI St. 
M5S 2R4. Organizes community lund-raising dances. 
DGay Fathers of Toronto. Box 187. Sin F. M4Y 2L5. 967-0430 or 
967-4203 

DGay Liberation Against the Right Everywhere (GUkRE). Box 793, 
StnQ, M4T 2N7. 

DGay SIG. Drawer 0622, c/o The Body Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, 
M5W 1X9 Group ol gay members olMENSA in Canada. 
DGay SeK-Delence Group. Box 793. Sin Q, M4T 2N7 423-4803 
Organizes courses in self-defence In and outside of Toronto 
DGays and Lesbians at University ot Toronto, c/o SAC Office, 12 
Han House Circle, University ot Toronto, l^5S lAl. 978-4911, 
DGEM Gay Community Outreach. Box 62, Brampton, ON L6V 2K7 
Peel Region (Brampton-Misslssauga) group for gays and lesbians. 
GayllneWest:453-GGC0, 

DGLAO (Gay/Lesbian Action tor Disarmament). Box 5794, Stn A, 
M5W 1P2. 921-1938. 

GGIad Day Defence Fund. 648Ayonge St. M4y 2A6 961-4161 
Legal fund lor Kevin Orr. asst manager charged after April 21 
police raid on bookstore Cheques payable to: Hamburg/Trollope in 
trust lor Glad Day Defence Fund, 

DInternatlonal Gay Association (Toronto), c/o Gay Community 
Council 

DLesblan and Gay Academic Society. Box 187, Stn F, M4Y 2L5 
921-531 7 (Conrad) or 924-6474 (Alexandra). 
DLesblan and Gay History Group of Toronto. Box 639. Stn A, 
M5W 1G2. 961-7338 

DLesblan and Gay Pride Day Committee. Box 793. Stn 0. 
M4T 2N7, Organizes end ol June celebration 
DLesblan and Gay Youth Toronto. 730 Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 
533-2867 Phone counselling; Mon. Wed, Fri. Sat 
7 pm-10:30 pm 

DLesblan Mothers' Oetence Fund. Box 38, Stn E, M6H 4E1. 
465-6822 

DLesblan Speakers Bureau. Box 6597, Stn A, M5W 1X4. Into: 
Michelle at 789-4541 or Debbie at 964-7477. Speakers lor myth- 
shalterlng seminars and workshops about lesbians. 
DLosblans Against the Right (LAR). Box 6579. Stn A. UWN 1X4 
Lesbian-feminist political action group 
DNew Democratic Party Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Box 792. Stn F, 
M4Y2N7, 964-1049. 

DNew Dimensions. Social group lor women, meets approximately 
every third week. Info: Gayle. 683-8691 . 
DParents and Friends ol Lesbians and Gays Toronto. 52 Roxaline 
St. Weston ON M9T 2Y9. Info; Pauline Martin at 244-2105 
DParents ot Gays Misslssauga. c/o Anne Rutledge, 3323 Kmgs 
Hastings Cres, Misslssauga L5L 1G5. 820-5130. 
DRIght to Privacy Commmeo(RTPC). 730 BathursI St. M5S 2R4 
Defence committee for gays arrested under bawdyhouse taws. 
Cheques or charges payable to; Harriet Sachs in trust lor RTPC. 
Inio; 961-8046 or 368-4392. 

DRosenury's Woman's Group. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
Into: Raechel 926-0527 Collectively run support and conscious- 
ness-raising group for lesbians. 

DSpouses ot Gays, c/o Caryn Miller, 260 Carlton St. M5A 2L3, 
Phoneline; 967-0597 Wed, Thurs 6:30-8;30 pm. 
DToronto Gay Patrol. Self-governing group of lesbians and gay 
men patrolling downtown core of city, c/o 29 Grenville St, Apt 2, 
M4Y 1A1. Info; Peter, 368-6971, or Chris, 968-6744, 
DToronto Male Rape Support Group. For men who have experi- 
enced rape. Box 597. StnO, M4A 2P4 731-1 Pape Avenue. 24 
hour line; 461-5921 , or 922-1 1 1 1 , pager 7262. 
DToronto Rainbow Alliance ol the Deal. Box 671 . Stn F. M4Y 2N6 

Health/social services 

DAtter You're Out. Weekly groups for gay men meeting for 10 weeks 
to discuss personal goals, problems, topics of interest. Organized by 
TAG Into; 964-6600, 

DA Way Out. 530-GAYS. 24-hour recorded messages lor young les- 
bians and gays. Four to five minutes ot supportive Info on dealing 
with parent, friends, fears and coming out problems. Drawer C614, 
c/oTBP, 60x7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9, 
DAIcohoMcs Anonymous. Lesbian/gay fell(»(ships 964-3962 
DGaycara Toronto. Phoneline 243-5494 trom 7-11 pm seven days a 
week Free face-lo-tace drop-In counselling service in the downtown 
area Drop-in Thurs 7-10 pm. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
Group sessions. 

I IGay Counselling Centre ol Toronto. 1 05 Carlton St , 4th floor, 
M5B 1M2 977-2153 Tues, Wed, Thurs, 6;30-9;30pm Professional 
counselling lor lesbians and gay men. Call for appt or drop in. 
UGay Men's Discussion Groups. Sponsored by U of T Sex Ed Centre 
978-3977 

DHassle-Free Clinic - Men. 556 Church St, 2nd floor, M4Y 2E3. 
922-0603 VD info, testing and treatment. Hours; Mon. Wed. 4-9 
pm, Tues. Thurs. 10 am-3 pm, Fri, 4-7 pm; Sat, 1 1 am-4 pm VD 
testing at baths Roman's, Fri from 9 pm; The Backdoor, every sec- 
ond Tues trom 9 pm. The Club, every second Wed from 9 pm 
I ILesblan PhonoUne. Box 70, Stn F, M4Y 2L4 960-3249 Tues 
7 30-10 30 pm Recorded message other limes. Speakers available, 
r ISex Ed Centre, c/o U ol T Office of Admissions, 315 Bloor St W, 
Room 107, M5S 1A3 Devonshire and Bloor Sis, behind Admissions 
BIdg 978-3977 Sex counselling for U of Tcampus. Gay counsellors 
every Tues, 10am-9pm 

r IToronto Area Gays. Box 6706 SlnA, M5W 1X5 964-6600 Free 
peer counselling and info lor lesbians and gay men Mon-Sat; 7 
pm-10;30pm 

;'!Tri-Aid Charitable Foundation, 8 Irwin Ave, M4Y 1K9 Gay youth 
counselling and street work 



Religious 



[ Chutzpah, See Social/political action listings, 

( IDIgnity/Toronto. Box 249, Sin E, M6H 4E2 960-3997 Group lor 

gay and lesbian Catholics and friends 

; Integrity/Toronto. Box 873. StnF, M4Y 2N9 Pastoral ministry 

lor gay and lesbian Anglicans and Iriends 487-7406 Chaplains 

available lor pastoral counselling through this number 

iLutharans Concerned, c/o Edward Schlauch. 980 Broadview 
Ave, Apt 2309, M4K 3Y1 463-7354 (David or James) Support 



and fellowship lor gay and lesbian Lutherans and their friends 
DMatropolltan Community Church, 730 BathursI SI, M5S 2R4 
536-2848 Christian church with special ministry to gay commun- 
ity 

DThe Sisters ot Perpetual Indulgence, Drawer OPI, c/o TBP. Box 
7289,StnA, M5W 1X9 

DSplrIt, 730 Balhurst St, M5S 2R4 743-8948 or 482-1817 Sup- 
port group for gay and lesbian Salvationists and Iriends 
DToronto Organization ot United Church Homoseiuais. Box 626. 
StnQ, M4T 1L0. 



Professional 



DAssoclation ot Gay Social Workers, Box 182, Stn 0, M4A 2N3 
Social work students welcome 

DGays In HeaKh Care. Box 7806, SlnA, M5W 1X7 920-1882 In- 
cludes nurses, physicians, medical students and psychologists. 
DToronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513. Adelaide St Stn 
M5C 2J6, 



Sports 



DCabbagatown Group Softball League . Box 42, Stn L, M6E 4y4 
863-0438 

DFront Runners Toronto. Box 8. Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2H8 Gay 
men and women's running club, 
DGay Amateur Sport Association. 407-100 Gloucester St. 
M4Y 1M1. Team sports. 

DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Into: bulletin boards in 
Buddy's. Dudes, The Barn or Boots. Sept-May season. 
DOut and Out Club. Box 331 . Sin F, M4Y 2L7, 927-0970 Outdoor 
activities lor gay people. Include phone number. 
DRiverdale Volleyball League. Sept-April season Into at Dudes, 
Buddy's and Albany Tavern 

DWomen Out Ot Doors (WOODS). Sharing ol outdoor skills, out- 
ings. Info: 530-4007. 

Publications/information 

DActlon! Irregular publication of Right to Privacy Committee. 730 
BathursI St. M5S 2R4 924-4523. 
DThe Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 977-6320 
DCanadian Gay Archives. Box 639. SlnA, M5W 1G2 977-6320. 
DCIrcult. 1-134 Carlton St. M5A 2K1 . 922-0878 (editorial) or 
964-1957 (business). "Toronto's magazine of eros and entertain- 
ment, ' ' Free distribution or by subscription, 
DGay Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS Box 8, Adelaide St 
Stn, M5C 2H8. 24 hour recorded message of weekly events. To gel 
Info listed call 656-0372 between 7-10 pm Mondays 
DGayllne West. 453-GGCO. Community inIo lor Misslssauga and 
parts west ol Metro 

GGIad Day Bookshop. 648A Yonge St. 2nd floor, M5Y 2A6. 
961-4161. Mon 10-8; Tue-V*d 10-6; Thurs-Frl 10-9; Sal 10-6. 
DGrapevlne, Box 38, Sin E. M6H 4E1 . Lesbian Mothers' Delence 
Fund newsletter, 2-3 issues/year. 
DInlegrlty/Toronto Newsletter. Box 873. Sin F, M4Y 2N9 
DLesblan Archives. Box 928. Stn Q, M4T 2P1 
DLesblan/Lesblenne. National newsletter 367-0589 (Kerry), 
DThelWeb. Monthly newsletter ot women's events. "Keeping 
women in touch with women." 821-1416. 

Women's resources 

The lollowing is a select list of women's services in Toronto ot par- 
ticular interest to lesbians. 

DBroadsido. Box 494. Sin P, M5S 2T1. 598-3513. Monthly fem- 
inist newspaper Substantial contributions by lesbians. 
DConstance Hamilton Housing Co-op. For women only 523 Mellta 
Cres, M6G 3X9. 532-8860, 

DFIreweed. Box 279, Stn B, M5T 2W2, 977-8681 . Feminist quar- 
terly of politics and the arts. 

DHassle-Free Clinic — Women. 556 Church SI, second floor. 
M4Y 2E3, 922-0566 Free medical Clinic Birth control and gyne- 
cological into, VD and pregnancy testing, abortion counselling and 
referrals Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10 am-3 pm; Tues. Thur. 4 pm- 
9 pm Call ahead 

DInternatlonal Women's Day Committee. Box 70. Stn F, M4Y 2L4 
789-4541 . Independent socialist feminist organization. 
GJessle's Centre tor Teenage Women. 154 BathursI St. M5V 2R3 
365-1888 Multi-service agency, Lesbian-positive, 
DMacphall House. 389 Church SI, M5B 2A1, 977-1037. Long- 
term YWCA residence lor women 16-25. Shared co-op apartments. 
DNellie's Hostel lor Women. 275A Broadview Ave. M4M 2G8 
461-1084 Temporary hostel for women 16 and over. Including 
mothers with children. 

DRape Crisis Centre. Box 6597. Stn A. M5W 1 X4 . Crisis line: 
964-8080 Business line: 964-7477. Into, self-defence courses, 
DSound Women, c/o Ryerson Women's Centre. SURPI. 380 Vic- 
toria St, M5B 1W7 Ryerson women's radio show collective, Les- 
bian and temlnlst music. Interviews and announcements. Sundays 
at noon CKLN (102.9) FM (via Rogers cable). To place announce- 
ments, call 598-9838, 

DStop 86, 86 Madison Ave, M5R 2S4. 922-3271 , Crisis housing 
and social service centre lor women under 25 
GTimes Change Women's Employment Centre. 22 Davisville Ave. 
M4S 1 E8, 487-2807 9-5 Mon-Thurs. 9-2 Fri. Employment coun- 
selling, job search and career planning workshops 
DToronto Addicted Women's Selt-Help Network. Suite 202. Box 
2213, Stn P, M5S 2T2 Phoneline: 961-7319 Sell-help group lor 
women addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Weekly meetings 
r IToronto Area Caucus ol Women and the Law. Box 231 . Stn B. 
M5T 2T2 

I IToronto Women's Bookstore. 85 Harbord St. M5S 1G4 
922-8744, Hours Mon-Sat, 10:30 am-6 pm. 
f lU of T Women's Newsmagazine. For lemlnists on and oil cam- 
pus 44 St George St, 2nd llr, M5S 2E4 Inio: Brenda 534-4021 
riWomen Against Violence Against Women. Box 1 74. Stn D. 
M6P 3J8 Committed to action from a feminist perspective against 
various aspects of violence against women, 
[ iWomen In Trades, c/o Times Change. 22 Davisville SI. 
M4S 1E8 534-1161. 

I Women's Counselling, Relerral and Education Centre. 348 Col- 
lege St, M5T 184 924-0766 Therapy, counselling, inio 
: IWomen's CuHural Building Hotline. 534-1682. Phoneline for 
women's events 

[ IWomen's Media Alliance, c/o 940 Queen St E, M4M 1J7 Phyllis 
Waugh, 466-8840 

DWomen's Resource Centre. OISE. 252 Bloor SI W M5S IV6 
923-6641, Ext 244 Books, periodicals, audio & video tapes 
r IWomynly Way Productions, 427 Bloor St W. M5S 1X7 
925-6568 Company bringing concerts, dance and theatrical per- 
formances to city 



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A CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO LEZZY SMUT • BY CHRIS BEARCHELL 



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Overheard in the locker room: 

"Penthouse lesbian spreads are the pits, all right, 

but mostly because they aren 't very hot." 

"Yeah, but what else is there?" 

■ s it true that women don't really get turned on by 
visual representations of sex? Do the made-for- 
men fantasies about lesbian sex vary so much from 
our own? Or is there, as the woman in the locker 
room suggests, something not quite arousing 
enough about two women pretending to be into one another 
when they really aren't? 

The fact that lesbians go looking for reflections of our pas- 
sion in places as unlikely as Penthouse or Playboy suggests 
that the urge to find these reflections is a powerful one. That 
doesn't necessarily mean that all seekers are using the pictures 
to masturbate by. But some of us certainly are. 

THE WORST FIRST: 

Porn collecting begins after the appeal of National Geographic 
and the lingerie section of the Eaton's catalogue has worn 
off. Most likely, you will acquire the first item of your collec- 
tion at the end of a boring day as you head home from work 
exhausted but horny, and with no prospects between the bus 
stop and your front door except the local corner store. If you 
can bring yourself to flip through one of the three major 
"men's" magazines in search of women loving women while 
you're waiting to pay for your quart of milk, a carefully 
displayed clit or two (preferably two) may tickle your fancy 
enough to get the juices flowing. Enough to get you to put out 
the $3 or so that it costs to take the full-colour delights home 
with you. Where, chances are. Playboy, Penthouse or Hustler 
(each of which regularly runs "lesbian" spreads) will let you 
down before they do the trick. The occasional "specialty" 
magazine devoted entirely to lesbianism (called things like 
Woman to Woman) is only more of the same. You may wish 
you'd invested in new batteries for your vibrator instead. 

A quick survey of the fantasies available for consumption 
shows they're a pretty standard lot — what is porn, after all, if 
not slight variations on predictable themes? From food orgy to 



sex with juicy cunts by candlelight amid the silver and the 
crystal. Bored, frilly housewives turning to kinkiness {ie, each 
other) by the poolside. Frothy pink confections sugary enough 
to make your teeth ache. Photographer explores model. Maid 
serves mistress. And endless interpretations of two or more 
punk rockers diddling with s/m paraphernalia. Some of the 
more imaginative scenarios that have turned up in recent 
months include: some colourful manoeuvres on the squash 
court; a weird cross between body painting and mud wrestling 
(which works as a turn-on surprisingly well, actually); the stan- 
dard crotch full of strawberries and whipped cream — but 
tasteful, honest; and the high-flying shenanigans of a couple 
of sUnky silver astronauts. 

Yes, you did detect some murmurings of approval in all of 
that. Despite the obvious shortcomings of these mags, most 
dykes I know — beggars one and all — still have Penthouse, et 
al, in their collections. Sometimes the model is appealing; 
sometimes the fantasy itself is. Usually there are only one or 
two shots per "story" that convey sufficient verisimilitude: a 
tatooed butterfly balances enticingly on one woman's shoul- 
der; a jet of water teases another's stiffening nipples. If you're 
really lucky one or two photographs might convey — or, who 
knows? capture — a sense of humour, an apparently real 
caress, hints of butch /femme interchange, the stance or ges- 
ture or facial expression of an independent woman or two. All 
of these things exist, of course, in the eye of the proverbial 
beholder. Happy hunting. 

DRESSED UP AS ART 

When you tire of the slim pickings of corner-store trash, you 
will (if you are — or are becoming — a determined enthusiast) 
probably venture further afield in your quest for that one 
mouth-watering, cunt-watering picture. Your average well- 
stocked bookstore probably has at least one title in its art or 
photography section that features explicit lesbian fantasy. 
With any luck, your favourite second-hand bookstore will 
have a couple at half the price. 

Often the text accompanying corner-store trash pics is about 
as much of a turn-on as a bucket of cold water: "Marsha really 
digs getting it on with her roommate Paula when there isn't a 
man around to fuck her brains out." A welcome relief, then, is 




MAY 1983 



IN THE EYE 

OF THE BEHOLDI 



Most lesbians seem to feel torn 
by the pornography debate: 
caught between the media cari- 
catures of the depraved, porn- 
" consuming pervert (it's always a 
he) in one corner and his victimized, man- 
hating opponent (it's always a she) in the 
other corner with the patient, paternal 
figure (almost always a he) of the law- 
maker adjudicating between the two, in- 
tent on protecting everyone from herself 
or himself. Lesbians are horrified at the 
daily violence that threatens us, our 
lovers, our mothers. We're pressured by 
the hype about — and these days mostly 
against — sex. We're worried if Playboy 
turns us on more than Labiaflowers 
does. We wonder if our neighbour isn't a 
pervert because her lover is too young, or 
Playboy turns her on, or she ties her lover 
up for fun or seems inclined to "do it" any- 
where with anyone. We wonder this, know- 
ing all the while that the world has tried to 
deny us our lust and label us perverts. And 
knowing that none of us has all the 
answers — about images, about violence, 
about sex, about consent. 

Many thoughtful women who want to 
direct their anger against representations 
of abuse (and the real abuse that they be- 
lieve results from such representations) 
rather than against sex have tried to dis- 
tinguish between pornography and erot- 
ica. But the difficulty with this solution 
has always been that individual percep- 
tions and tastes make one woman's porn 
another woman's erotica and vice versa. 
Discussions about how and where to 
draw the line — and whether or not such a 

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the photographically illustrated Sappho: The Art of Loving 
Women, published by Chelsea House (with real translations of 
you-know-who's poetry). A review of it was one of the first 
Playboy features I ever collected. The text is an improvement 
on the mags, but the photos are standard — which is to say 
uneven. Fantasies range from young-mother-with-child-and- 
female-lover to trios of nymphs to fully clothed "literary les- 
bian" typ)es; credibility varies with taste in women and fantasy. 

A small paperback offspring of Sappho is Sappho by the 
Sea, photographed by the same man, J Frederick Smith. This 
book, subtitled An Illustrated Guide to the Hamptons, con- 
tains shots of two of the many women who appear in the 
earlier work, and is, as the subtitle suggests, a strange hybrid. 
Instead of the fragmentary lyrics of the poet of Lesbos, we are 
treated to a travelogue liberally sprinkled with quotes from 
Walt Whitman. The book allows a most elaborate fantasy — 
every detail of a lust-filled weekend — and that is where it 
departs from its corner-store cousins. The popularity of such 
art books among real live lesbians may have to do with the fact 
that the length and detail of them allow for greater credibility. 
The same women appear in a variety of circumstances, as we 
do in our relationships in the real world, including some that 
are less overtly sexual (this is photography, after all, and our 
only motive for looking at it is art appreciation). 

One artist in particular deserves mention in this category. 
David Hamilton gets the girls before they're grown up enough 
for Frederick Smith. Hamilton's famous soft-focus European 
girl-women seem to be between fourteen and seventeen years 
of age, which will render his widely available art illegal if 
Justice Minister Mark MacGuigan's proposed kiddy-porn law 
(outlawing anything in which the models appear to be younger 
than eighteen) ever gets passed. Despite their schmaltzy 
romanticism, or — horrors — because of it, Hamilton's books 
got relatively high marks from many of the lesbians I polled. 
Could there be that many lesbian chicken-hawks, I wondered. 
"Well," said a friend who denies it but might qualify if she 
were being more honest, "so many of my fantasies are of my 
own girlhood, I love to remember those first few times, that 
special feeling of childhood sexual exploration." 

Another specialty of the art category, a little harder to find 
(and, as usual, with only particular appeal) is historical 
material. Most of what 1 have seen originated in France and 
spans the fifty-year period between 1880 and 1930. One 
fascinating set of photographs is apparently made up of stills 
from a lesbian s/m film, dated 1900. Drawings have much 
greater freedom to dictate their reality than do photographs. 
Distinctions between the real and the simulated disappear, 
focus is created and the subject of the work is more easily 
stamped with the feelings of its creator. Enter conjecture. This 
is the Paris of Natalie Barney and her friends, when struggling 
lesbian artists and prostitutes picked one another up on the 
streets of Montmartre. Photographs of Barney's masquerades 
are every bit as daring as many a French postcard of the day. 
Many of the photographers and subjects are unknown, with 
images surviving in private collections. At least some of the 
drawings are by women. It is impossible to tell if other draw- 
ings or photographs might be as well. 

It's not just my lack of the necessary historical context that 
makes it difficult to judge which works are produced by 
women. Much commercial photography exploits erotic ele- 
ments to some degree and some of it is certainly produced by 
women. The work of women professionals, whether in the sex 
industry, commercial or purely artistic endeavours, is indistin- 
guishable from the work of their male colleagues, if one can 
judge from Women on Women, an art book celebrating the 
achievements of a dozen female photographers. Much of it is 
breathtaking, some of it quite erotic and even funny. But not, 
strictly speaking, designed to tease and please. It holds out the 
promise of what might result if the best of talent and techno- 
logy could be devoted to the noble cause of turning us on. 

LESBIAN-CREATED PORN 

Images created oy and for lesbians obviously have the greatest 
potential for turning us on. And yet equally obvious are the 
limitations of such works. Full-colour glossy pics shot in exotic 
locations or versatile studios cost a lot of money. Since women 
in general — and lesbians in particular — have never constitu- 
ted a market for the sex business, our own erotica comes in the 
form of low-budget alternative media. Often smaller than 
magazine format, always black and white and never with more 
than a few photos and drawings per volume, most cannot com- 
pete in the fantjisy scenario-creating department where multi- 
ple images, variety of angle and perspective and relative size of 
image combine to convey plot lines, such as they are, and to 
create mood. 

Unencumbered by the dictates of the market and profit 
motive, our own alternative porn is not obliged to conform to 
standard scenarios; nor does it pander to the silliest myths and 




ART: MALE 



David Hamilton 's romantic, (barely) post- 
pubescent delights (above) and J Frederick 
Smith 's lovely ladies in the Hamptons (next 
page, lower left). Compare them to... 



ART: FEMALE 



Caroline Arber's sun-bathed innocents (below) 
and Alice Spring's wonderfully wicked women 
(next page, lower right) from Women on Women 




30/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 





TRASH 



The perfect hair and the black dot above 
are both courtesy of the producer; only 
the grapes are real. Below, shutterbug 
explores model, a standard scenario 



HISTORY 



One ofGerda Wenger's deliciously de- 
tailed fantasies from Petit glossaire rai- 
sonne de Virotism saphique (1880-1930) 





line could or should find its way into the 
criminal law — were in full swing in the 
spring of 1980. 1 was visiting Paris for a 
week and received an invitation to the ver- 
nisage of Kate Millett's "Lesbia Erotica" 
photographic exhibit at Librairie des 
femmes. A women's bookstore unlike any 
other, it is located on boulevard St- 
Germain and run by a group of chic fem- 
inists who have copyrighted the name 
"Mouvement de lib6ration des femmes." 
I knew better than to expect North Ameri- 
can feminist conventions; still, I wasn't 
prepared for the elegance of the store and 
its proprietors when my American friend 
Amy and I arrived with fellow gay journal- 
ist Gilles Barbadette as our guide. 

The work on display was a series of col- 
lages — usually two larger-than-life black 
and white photographs captioned with a 
fragment of poetry. f\/lost of the images 
were of the same woman, or parts of her; 
the collection documented a relatkjnship 
between photographer and subject. There 
was intimacy but there were no faces. 
Some of the images were fragments of the 
environment: a waist-level slice of a room, 
the silhouette of a water tower. Some were 
cunt shots — close-ups. They looked deli- 
clous even in black and white and two or 
three feet tall. 

The words weren't as memorable. They 
had a lot to compete with and seemed un- 
comfortable, as if their role were to ex- 
plain and justify rather than enhance. The 
show had an intriguing effect on me: 
mouthwatering, yes, but no familiar throb 
in the clit, no slow dissolve. "Too clinical," 
Amy ventured. Gilles and I made arrange- 
ments to talk to Millett the next day. 

On the way home Amy and I stopped at 
Les mots a la bouche, a very different 
bookstore — bright, cluttered and gay. It 
sold coffee and pastry from an adjoining 
cafe. I bought a copy of Petit glossaire 
raisonn6 de l'§rotisme saphique (1880-1930). 
Later that night we found another friend 
and settled down with the Petit glossaire 
for a good old-fashioned lesbian pajama 
party. The pictures, mostly drawings, led 
us from snickers and giggles to hours of 
sex. We were sure our imaginations had 
greater range than the book, that our 
shenanigans were more daring. But I won- 
der if, without the book, our little friend 
would have been turned on enough to 
start undressing us. 

Gilles and I went back to the gleaming 
chrome and sparkling glass of boulevard 
St-Germain the next afternoon. I wondered 
all the way why some pictures worked and 
others didn't. Did these magnificent pro- 
jections fail to affect me as last night's sil- 
ly book had because they were on display 
here, in the midst of the sterile white and 
tasteful pale green of this store? Or be- 
cause they were on display in public, 
where I couldn't follow through on a reac- 
tion anyway? Or was it something about 
the images themselves that allowed me to 
get only so warmed up to them before they 
said "enough?" 

Millett pointed out the piece that had 
been the most controversial when the ex- 
hibit had been in Berlin earlier that month. 
"( guess the watertower and the cunt to- 
gether really threw them." She remem- 
bered putting the images together: "I think 
they were drying next to each other, or 
maybe I thought of them together in the 
darkroom — the combination of these sur- 
prising things.... Visually I felt they worked. 
You know, that's the problem with a lot of 
artists — we make up a lot of crap to ex- 
plain why something works when, if it 
works to our eye, it works for us. This 
(piece) was disputed because the conjunc- 
tion of the two things was so outrageous, 
and it was intended to be. They didn't 
know whether the watertower was a phal- 
lic symbol or what. After thirty-five min- 
utes of earnest debate, somebody saved 
the occasion by reminding the audience 
that the watertower was round, so there- 
fore it wasn't a phallic symbol. I guess 
everyone had forgotten what a phallus 
looks like, that they're round too — it 
somehow passed." 

Not just the content but also the politics 
of her work sets Millett to a delicate bal- 
ancing act. On the one hand, she draws a 




MAY 1983 



I ATE MILLETT: 
'MT'S AWFULLY 
NECESSARY TO HAVE 
EROTICA BECAUSE 
IF WE ONLY HAD 
PORNOGRAPHY IT 
WOULD BE GRIM, AND 
IF WE HAD NEITHER IT 
WOULD BE VERY GRIM 
INDEED." 

line between pornography and erotica. On 
the other, despite enormous misgivings 
about pornography, she opposes 
censorship. 

She says that women probably feel dif- 
ferently about pornography than men do, 
but acknowledges there is a range of opin- 
ion among feminists on the issue of sex- 
ual imagery. She suspects the puritans 
have problems — "underneath it all 
they're so frantic." But she worries that 
basic differences between men and wom- 
en stemming from the conditioning and 
personal histories of members of each sex 
can't be entirely transcended, and that 
"gay men aren't that thoughtful about it, 
either." 

Women see porn as essentially exploita- 
tive, and they would probably argue per- 
suasively that it's patriarchal and male- 
chauvinist whether it's directed toward 
heterosexual or homosexual men. 
"There's a real feeling that homosexual 
men only recapitulate the neurosis of het- 
erosexual, male-chauvinist society." 

She recalled Germaine Greer's stint as 
an editor of Screw, and found it so disap- 
pointing that a magazine which went out 
on a limb to print fringe stuff — risking 
closure every week it went to press — was 
inundated with sadistic writing (about 
85% of the sexual material that was re- 
ceived). "What a sad statement about the 
kind of risks they were taking to publish." 
In ridding ourselves of censorship, she 
wondered if we might not simply be emp- 
tying sewers. Snuff films are a case of 
murder, not censorship, she observed, but 
added, "A friend of mine once said, and I 
think it's a very acute statement, that the 
logical end of pornography is murder." 

Still, she's opposed to burning down 
porn theatres. "It's another thing, though, 
to exercise your right to free speech, to 
state another point of view without ob- 
structing somebody's right to visit the 
place." As an erotic artist she can't ignore 
the need to be free from censorship. 

She tries to resolve the contradictions 
by distinguishing between pornography 
and erotica. She says she's grateful she's 
not a lawyer trying to define it legally and 
thinks "it's awfully necessary to have erot- 
ica, because if we only had pornography it 
would be grim and if we had neither it 
would be very grim indeed." The differ- 
ence, she says, is one of attitude. "Erotic 
art celebrates the flesh and relishes it. It 
sort of is to pleasure what cookbooks are 
to eating. The pornographic, on the other 
hand, seems to objectify to exploit, but I 
think the real difference is that erotic art is 
pro-sex and pornography is anti-sex. Porn- 
ography calcifies all the old attitudes of a 
puritanical and prurient society with all its 
negativity, its hatred of lust and its sense 
of sin, evil and filth, A great deal of porno- 
graphy has to do with punishing people — 
punishing women for sexuality. Women 
are accused of sexuality because the old 
premise that sexuality is evil is still there." 

I was an eager high-school student just 
discovering feminism when Millett pub- 
lished her theoretical landmark, Sexual 
Politics. The book and its ideas shone a 
light on many of my experiences and on 
life around me in a way that very few 
books and ideas have done, before or 
since. Then she came out with a bang on 
the cover of Time: inspiration as I strug- 
gled with my own sexual identity What 
could be more exciting, a decade later, 

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most dangerous misconceptions about lesbianism. On the 
other hand, like us, it is pressured by a legacy of disapproval, 
suppression and denial, and by the accommodations we, as a 
community, have had to make to that legacy to survive it. And 
so our erotic imagery, which should be permitted to be daring, 
to laugh at us, to explore the old limits and surpass them, is 
always tempted to justify itself by redefining the territory of 
our erotic lives as safe, respectable, wholesome. Not that it 
isn't all of these things — some of the time. But it needn't be, 
to be claimed and celebrated and, above all, to be sexually 
exciting. Earnest explanations make for self-consciousness, 
not spontaneity. The subject's conveyed awareness of the 
camera, and indirectly the viewer, can heighten the power of 
an image: "I'm not just turned on because I'm doing it with a 
woman, but also because we're having sex for and with the 
prying eye of the camera." But more likely the subject seems to 
say: "This isn't easy." However truthful, it's probably not 
what you want to hear or see when you have your heart set on 
being washed away on a tide of countless orgasms. 

Our own images are not perfect yet, but they're getting bet- 
ter all the time. The authenticity of most of the sex is beyond 
dispute and that is not to be sneered at. I know what those 
tongues are tasting, how those fingers feel, why that back is 
arched, and so will you. As in so many things, the more we do 
it the better we get. 

The earliest contemporary dyke-generated erotica were 
probably the how-to manuals. Among the earliest of them 
were Loving Women and What Lesbians Do. The first edition 
of Loving Women contained idealized line drawings of les- 
bians having sex; the second edition used more realistic draw- 
ings but it was more concerned with educating than arousing. 
What Lesbians Do was concerned with education through prov- 
ocation, which is more susceptible to use as a turn-on. The book 
relied heavily on bold drawings of uppity cunts. "Why so memy 
cunts?" the introductory page wonders. "Would you ask 'Why 
so many faces?' " the uppity cunt retorts. 

With a good nose for a market, the Joy o/ people finally 
followed their two het success stories with The Joy of Lesbian 
Sex in 1977. It's full of line drawings relieved by imitation 
Chinese paintings and some passably pleasant pastels. 

Not until the 1981 publication of Sapphistry, however, was 
there anything in this genre that was really worth getting excited 
about. The book is illustrated with drawings (they must be easier 
than photographs, or safer — or both) by contemporary 
lesbian-erotica pioneer Tee Corinne. Each one is a tribute to a 
woman who produced erotic drawings of women: Mariette 
Lydis (1894-1970), an Australian-born painter and illustrator; 
Margit Gaal, an illustrator active around 1921; Gerda Wenger 
(1885-1940), a Danish artist who worked in Paris; Suzanne 
Ballivet, who was active around 1945; Leonor Fini (born 1908), 
a painter who works in Paris; and Clara Tice (1888-1973), 
an American illustrator. Why have we been deprived of these 
women and their work all these years? And where can we find 
out more about them? 

Another opportunity lesbians have taken to share sexual ex- 
perience, information, fantasies and sexually arousing work, 
written and pictoral, is in a series of anthologies. The 1981 
"Sex Issue" of Heresies is feminist and contains both gay and 
straight material, all of it interesting. My favourite photo- 
graph, for no reason I can explain, is "Leg over Cactus." 

A Woman 's Touch was published in 1979 in Eugene, 
Oregon. About half of the eighteen photographs are by Tee 
Corinne. A dozen of the images are line drawings, some fun, 
some effective. 

Coming to Power, writings and graphics on lesbian s/m, is 
brought to us by Samois, the lesbian-feminist s/m support 
group based in San Francisco. The new version has been up- 
dated and expanded. It includes an even larger selection of 
photographs and drawings, which seem intent on testing limits 
— and which work. 

Sapphic Touch, a journal of lesbian erotica, began publish- 
ing out of San Francisco in 1981. Volume one includes six 
drawings and nine photographs. It's not quite bawdy, but a 
quirky sense of humour keeps sticking its tongue out at me 
from odd corners of this volume. As far as I know, no further 
editions have appeared. (Please say it ain't so.) 

No doubt the cost and hassle of production and distribution 
of the work of individual lesbian erotic artists are usually pro- 
hibitive, but several volumes do exist. Tee Corinne's The Cunt 
Coloring Book (just what it says it is, but unfortunately the 
name has been laundered in more recent editions — it's now 
called Labiaflowers) is an old favourite. 

Corinne's new book, Yantras of Womanlove, is the most 
recent, well-produced (by Naiad Press, who else?), predomin- 
antly photographic book of lesbian erotic images available. 
Accompanying a seven-part erotic prose poem by Jacqueline 
Lapidus, these are no ordinary photographs. The book defines 
a Yantra as a diagram of energy — energy that is both sexual 



than to meet this woman and to discuss, 
among many things, a common passion 
for lesbian sexual Imagery? 

But issues of gender and sexual orienta- 
tion are less fraught with difficulties, it 
seems, than issues of sexual desire and 
erotic imagination. I agreed with Millett 
about what many of the problems are, and 
that there are no easy solutions and many 
contradictions. I felt inspired again, but at 
the same time discouraged. Discouraged 
because the line Millett was trying to draw 
between porn and erotica rang no bells for 
me, didn't answer my misgivings about 
such an approach. And because her art 
didn't turn me on enough. But inspired be- 
cause she was not content to merely talk 
about lesbian sexual imagery: her energy 
is directed toward creating it. Neither 
what she had to show or say worked for 
me — a frustrating reminder of the sub- 
jectivity of it all — but how much better to 
show than simply to say. 

My search began in earnest for the 
ideas, as well as the pictures, that could 
make some sense of this debate for me. 
So far mostly questions have emerged. I 
went back to the first intelligent thing I 
could remember reading on the subject. 

The mounting output of pornography, 
Susan Sontag wrote in "The Pornographic 
Imagination," an essay in Styles of Radical 
Will published in 1967, is attributed to 
a "festering legacy of Christian sexual re- 
pression and to sheer psychological ignor- 
ance, these ancient disabilities being 
compounded by more proximate historical 
events, the impact of drastic dislocations 
in traditional modes of family and political 
order and unsettling change in the roles of 
the sexes." 

Feminist critics of pornography have 
yet to address many of porn's contradic- 
tions, including the fact that while it rein- 
forces the traditional order of male-female 
relations, it also flouts taboos and chal- 
lenges some of the sexual conventions 
that maintain that order. 

"The Pornographic Imagination" was 
concerned with whether a work could be 
both pornographic anof artistic. Prevailing 
wisdom said porn was without "redeem- 
ing social value," which excluded it from 
the category of art in most people's terms. 
Sontag's challenge to those who find 
pornography indefensible is that it can be 
and sometimes is art. Not that it reflects 
the world accurately (since when have we 
required art to do that?) but that it is an 
outlet for "the perennial human flair for 
high-temperature visionary obsessions." 
Society serves poorly the human need "to 
transcend 'the personal' (which) is no less 
profound than the need to be a person, an 
individual," Sontag says. Those who think 
they can censor porn with impunity jeo- 
pardize freedom. "If so many are teetering 
on the verge of murder, dehumanization, 
sexual deformity and despair, and we were 
to act on that thought, then censorship 
much more radical than the indignant foes 
of pornography ever envisage seems in or- 
der. For if that's the case, not only porno- 
graphy but all forms of serious art and 
knowledge — in other words, all forms of 
truth — are suspect and dangerous." 

Has the post-'70s porn debate added 
anything to the terms Sontag set out more 
than a decade ago? Has it led an explora- 
tion of the territory of desire that Sontag 
simply calls "high temperature visionary 
obsessions?" 

Women, including many feminists and 
lesbians in the anti-porn movement, who 
insist that they are pro-sex as well as 
pro-"control" — have begged these ques- 
tions by attempting to draw the line be- 
tween pornography and erotica — to sepa- 
rate the smut from the art in a way that ig- 
nores Sontag's challenge that a work may 
be both. 

It also evades the issue of sexual arous- 
al. Sexual arousal, the production of or- 
gasms, is what pornography is unabash- 
edly about. But is that what erotica is 
about? Can something be art if its purpose 
is to get you off? 

Pat Galifia, in Sapphistry, solves the 
problem by naming all sexually arousing 
material erotic. The distinctions between 
the two are subjective, she says, fluctuat- 
ing from woman to woman and implying 

MAY 1983 




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THE REAL THING 



A solarized threesome limes four from 
Tee Corinne's Yantras of Womanlove 
(above); drawing by Noreen Scully 
from Sapphic Touch (below); Linda 
Troeller's "Leg over Cactus" from the 
Heresies Sex Issue (centre); Kate 
Millet t 's Lesbia Erotica exhibition at 
the Librairie desfemmes in Paris 



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and spiritual. The photos are solarized (an eerie distortion that 
blends negative and positive images) and multiplied, like reflec- 
tions, two or four or more times. The end result is often labial 
— cunts of cunts. But the viewer has to work to get her jollies, 
untangling the endlessly entwining thighs to find the single act 
of tribadism that determines the collage's rhythm. 

Do they work, these indisputably artistic and spiritual dia- 
grams? That, of course, depends on what turns you on and 
how you use images to get turned on. Anyone who rejects spir- 
itualism as a legitimiser of sex (as I do) may have difficulty 
with Yantras. And yet there is a tradition of the worship of sex- 
uality and sensuality that legitimately calls itself spiritual. And 
Yantras fits as well within this tradition as it does the "this- 
isn't-lust(dirty)-it's-spiritual (clean)" school of lesbian sex. So 
much for categories. 

The poem (potentially a bad sign for the lusty) does not talk 
about fruits and fiowers, but about tits and clits, more or less: 

...I lay down naked 
on the rock ledge with my buttocks in the tide pool, my 
arms and legs outstretched. The women leaned over me. 
Their cool fingers stroked my hands and feet, then my 
nipples and clitoris. One woman slid her tongue slowly 
into my cunt, and I felt a great wave surge through my 
entire body. 



Another much smaller collaboration is Graphic Details, 
photographs by Patti Patton and words by Bev Balliet of 
Phoenix, Arizona. The dozen images are produced on peach- 
coloured paper with brown ink — nice combination, but with 
the unfortunate effect of rendering some of the images murky. 
Nevertheless, the book is an inspiration. Every average-sized 
lesbian community should be able to produce a work as enti- 
cing as these forty-eight pages from "the lewd and lascivious 
women in Phoenix" who encouraged and shared in this book. 

Much lesbian-created sexual imagery doesn't make its way 
into books, journals or magazines. Early photographs by JEB 
(Joan E Biren) appeared on a calendar; the Michigan Womyn's 
Music Festival has provided mouthwatering material for at 
least one other wall calendar. Gay and feminist pocket calen- 
dars have been a staple of the European movements for years, 
and recent editions are more sexual. The 1983 lesbian agenda 
from Berlin is chock-full of erotic and provocative graphics, 
mostly with a new-wave bent. There are always postcards and 
greeting cards, of course. 

And, when all else fails, you can spend your life savings on a 
camera, some darkroom equipment and a few photography 
lessons. If you have yet to see something that sends a direct im- 
pulse to your joy button, then homemade porn may be the 
only solution for you — and not a bad one for the rest of us. LI 



|ROTICA"IS 
THE RICH PERSON'S 
PORNOGRAPHY. 
MOST OF US DO NOT 
BUY OUR KICKS IN ART 
GALLERIES OR ON 
TRIPS ABROAD. WE 
SETTLE FOR 
WHATEVER THE 
CORNER STORE HAS 
TO OFFER. 

moral judgments that are not universal. 

I too have given up trying to make the 
distinction. But I've opted for "porno- 
graphy" as my neutral, umbrella term (al- 
though I use them interchangeably) for a 
couple of reasons. First, because the two 
terms represent a distinction that primar- 
ily runs along class lines: "erotica" is the 
rich person's pornography Most of us do 
not buy our kicks in art galleries or on trips 
abroad. We settle for whatever the corner 
store has to offer 

And we call it porn. Which is my second 
reason for preferring that word over "erot- 
ica" — it's the common word used by com- 
mon folks like me. When most people try 
to distinguish between different types of 
sexual imagery, the distinction is likely to 
be between soft-core and hard-core depic- 
tions — which is to say between fake and 
real sex. When people use "erotica" to 
stand for what they once called "soft- 
core" (/e, harmless), my tastes are exclud- 
ed from that category. I prefer the real 
thing — the more subversive the better 
What I like is bound to be labelled "porno- 
graphy" for a while yet. 

No matter how horrendous the stuff 
that many of us are tempted to supress is, 
we have to remember that it is always un- 
popular minority sexual tastes, violent or 
not, that are the first to be hit with the full 
force of the law. The Canadian legal sys- 
tem's record of prosecuting representa- 
tions of lesbianism is, from the cops' per- 
spective, quite impressive. 

And yet, so far, the long arm of the law 
has only reached the Penthouse soft-core 
(fake) variety leaving our own (real) porn 
untouched. Is this because the police rec- 
ognize the mutuality and respect that ex- 
ist among two or more women engaging in 
real lesbian sex? Somehow, I doubt it. 
More likely it's because the bulk of our 
own material is still so restricted in its dis- 
tribution, is so carefully couched in social- 
ly redeeming contexts, consists of such 
poor quality reproduction (a full, wet, puls- 
ing cunt loses something in black and 
white) or is so self-conscious as imagery 
that it's ineffective as subversion — as a 
turn-on. 

If my hunch is right, the hotter lesbian 
pornography becomes the more vulner- 
able it will be to the whims of the guard- 
ians of public morality.Zi 



MAY 1983 



Coming to Power. Writings and Graphics on Les- 
bian s/m, by Samois. Alyson Publications, (Box 
2783. Boston, MA 02208) 1982. 
Graphic Details: Lesbian Erotica and Humour. 
Starr Publications (Box 5586, Phoenix, A2 85010). 
Labiaflowers, by Tee Corrine. Naiad Press, (Box 
10543, Tallahassee, FL 32302). 1975. $4.55 US. 
Sapphic Touch: A Journal of Lesbian Erotica, 
Pamir Productions (Box 40218, San Francisco, 
CA94140). 1981.$6US. 

Sappho by the Sea: An Illustrated Guide to the 
Hamptons, by J Frederick Smith, Chelsea House 
(70 W 40 St, New York NY 10018) 1976 $7 95 US. 
Sapphlstry: The Book of Lesbian Sexuality, by 
Pat Calida, Naiad Press $7 99 US 
A Woman's Touch: An Anthology of Lesbian 
Eroticism and Sensuality for Women Only. 
Womanshare Books (c/o Amazon Reality, Box 95, 
Eugene, OR 97740) 

Women on Women, A & W Publishers (95 
Madison Ave. New York. NY 10016) 1979 
Yantrat of Womanlove. by Tee Corrine and Jac- 
queline Lapidus (1982). Naiad Press. $7 99 US 

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EVENING OUT 

A STORY BY JIM BARTLEY 




Hhe light in here is terrible. 1 lean 
in closer to the mirror and scru- 
tinize my right eyeball, trying to 
catch at least some glancing 
beams from the ceiHng fixture 
behind me. An errant contact lens has 
turned my cornea into a red, watery 
mess. The light problem is clearly due to 
a dismal excess of black: black tile, black 
arborite — even the ceiling and the 
cubicles are painted black. The room 
absorbs hght. Only the sink and the 
urinal are conspicuously, formally white. 
I wonder vaguely if the light is any better 
in the ladies' room. 

My lens finally repositioned, I'm 
looking at my tweed jacket, judging it a 
little too rumpled and old-fashioned for 
this flashy bar, when the door bursts 
open and a youngish man — about my 
age — appears to fall the eight or ten 
feet to the urinal, as though gravity were 
suddenly sideways. An invisible gin fog 
diffuses in his wake. As I leave I can see 
him in the mirror, lurching toward one 
of the cubicles, lips puffed and rubbery. 
The image gives me pause; I've had at 
least three drinks myself — or is it four? 
Perhaps I should start counting. 

I forgot to call Helen from the office 
this time, finally did it later from a 
phone booth en route to Bloor Street. 
She had to have heard the buses growl- 
ing by. I told her I was working late, a 
backlog of data to plough through. She 
didn't say much. One thing I remember, 
before she hung up: "I won't wait up for 
you, Russell." She didn't say goodbye 
either — that's a first. I won't think 
about whether or not she's going to 
leave me; not tonight anyway. 

I've never been in this bar before, but 
a new fellow in the office told me today 
that it was "hot," so I've taken the 
plunge, even though I had always avoid- 
ed it for somewhat the opposite reason: 
it seemed to emanate a brittle, fashion- 
able iciness. I saw it as a sort of fortress 
of chic, where one's outer shell was 
everything. Like the mannikins at 
Holt's, flawlessly decorated, faces 
haughty, even sneering, or just blank, 
obliterated by makeup. But in the two 
hours I've been here I have discovered 
that although the men and women lined 
up at the bar look mostly like manne- 
quins, some of them can in fact talk and 
even be quite pleasant, when they're not 
too worried about the angle they're cut- 
ting. After all, what have I just been 
doing in this darkly formal washroom 
but inspecting and sharpening my own 
angle. It's really just a matter of self- 
respect. 

Sarah, no Sonja, is waiting for me at 
the bar. She has been telling me about 
her work: fashion modeling for Eaton's. 
She too looks like a manniquin but 
smiles and laughs like a real person. Be- 
fore my washroom interlude she in- 
formed me, grinning slyly into her 
Tequila Sunrise, that I was "cute, in a 
conservative way." A few minutes later 
she thrust her hand under my vest and 
said something about my "firm 
tummy." (It was about this time that my 
lens went astray and my right eye began 
to weep shamelessly, sending me in a 
scurry to the men's room.) 

Now, washroom and tragi-comic 
drunk behind me, I saunter past real 
potted palms, beneath slow-motion 
equatorial ceiling fans, trying, with some 
success, to mingle with the ambience of 
the place. Sonja has set my libido in mo- 
tion — I'm excited. But I'm also appre- 
hensive, a combination which has be- 
come familiar to me since I started com- 
ing to these places. 

As I approach the bar I see her talking 
animatedly to another man, and abrupt- 
ly feel a pang of jealousy, like a chunk of 



ice shoving at my solar plexus. Coming 
up beside her I can hear snatches of the 
conversation over a torchy Saiah 
Vaughan number. They obviously know 
each other; their conversation consists 
of shared observations on a friend, com- 
paring notes on some recent exploit. The 
man, I notice, is not far into manhood; 
perhaps twenty-one, blond, blue-eyed 
and very good-looking. One of those 
rare, angelic-faced youths with flawless 
complexions and eyes like fine porce- 
lain. He is dressed in what, to my untu- 
tored eyes, looks like exquisite taste: 
pleated slacks and a sweater, the colour 
of his eyes, with a V neck and no shirt. 
His chest is hairless and graced with 
something small and gold on a chain. 

The sense I now have that they are just 
friends relieves my jealousy somewhat. 
However, Sonja has still not noticed my 
return, a situation which I must remedy. 
The bartender approaches; abruptly and 
far too loudly I order, "a double Beef- 
eater martini straight up with a twist 
please," feeling that she can't fail to be 
impressed by such a display of taste and 
tolerance. Their conversation stops mid- 
laugh and Sonja turns to me. I can tell 
by the set of her crimson lips and her one 
arched eyebrow that she is preparing to 
fire a few withering daggers at a stran- 
ger. But when she recognizes me her ex- 
pression changes, mercifully, to amiable 
surprise. She smiles: 

"Oh, you're back. Have you met 
Jonathan? No, of course you haven't, he 
just came in." She laughs, turning to her 
friend, "Jonathan, Robert, Robert, 
Jonathan. We're old friends," she says, 
misnaming me, reaching for her drink. I 
don't correct her mistake — I've never 
liked the name Russell anyway. I hold 
out my hand to Jonathan and he grasps 
it lightly, indifferently. The greeting is 
more with his eyes, which hold mine in 
an open searching, slightly challenging 
way. They are intensely blue, the whites 
pure white. 

"Hello," he says pleasantly, smiling, 
and I pump his hand, my lips and tongue 
forming a greeting: 

"Hello, hello, nice to meet you," 
while his eyes continue to watch me, 
ignoring my effusive handshake. Do I 
know him from somewhere? 

"I haven't seen you here before," he 
says. 

I release his hand and reach for the 
dregs of my scotch, shrugging, "No, 
I..." but Sonja finishes for me: 

"It's his first time, dear." 

Jonathan looks, decides something, 
then picks up his drink and says, "Well, 
have fun. I'm taking a walk." And he's 
off and lost in the growing crush of 
drinkers. 

"Isn't he sweet?" Sonja gazes at the 
spot in the noisy crowd where Jona- 
than's blond head has just disappeared, 
then swivels on her stool to face me. She 
seems to be getting tipsy, as am I. She 
puts her drink on the bar and reaches 
out to fuss with my tie — to loosen it, 
actually — which I find more disconcert- 
ing than exciting. I'm beginning to feel 
somehow out of my element. 

"Jonathan likes you," she says as she 
carefully undoes my top button. 

"Does he? I thought maybe I knew 
him from somewhere." 

"That depends where you've been." 
She fixes me with her eyes. They are 
steely gray. I look away, over her shoul- 
der, and see two men in business suits 
talking with each other. One's arm is 
around the other's shoulders, comfort- 
ting him. I imagine I'm watching a sad 
and sympathetic discussion of some per- 
sonal tragedy. Then the comforter leans 
over and kisses his friend on the cheek, 
no, it's on the lips, they must be... no, 



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the kiss is lasting too long, too long! I 
am staring, for Sonja suddenly turns to 
see what she's missing. She gazes a few 
seconds and then swivels back to me: 
"You really haven 't been here before, 
have you?" 

I look at her. I must respond. "No, I 
didn't know... I mean, I know what goes 
on, I just...." She is grinning at me. 
"I've just never seen that before, in pub- 
lic I mean." She is enjoying my quaint 
embarrassment. 

"In private then?" She cocks a mer- 
curial eyebrow. 

"What in private? You mean me?" I 
laugh, but my face is hot. "No no. No 
experience with that. No." 

My martini arrives, finally, and I grab 
it too quickly; it slops onto my pants and 
I brush at it uselessly with my free hand, 
spilUng more from the glass as I do so. 
When I look up, Sonja's face is turned 
to one side, her eyes closed, Ups pressed 
together, stifling a laugh. When she 
looks at me again her eyes are suddenly 
soft and deep, lips serious with an intent 
I can hardly mistake. She leans in and 
kisses my cheek, then whispers in my 
ear, "I want you to come home with 
me." Across the room, beyond the 
blurred fringe of her hair, Jonathan is 
visible, his face steady amid the jostling 
bodies. Watching. 

He are hurtling north on Avenue 
Road. Sonja drives a bright red 
British sports car, running 
through the gears Uke a profes- 
sional. She talks as she drives, 
apologizing that the heater doesn't 
work, the car is impossible in the cold 
weather, hope I don't mind the draught 
on my knees, she's going to splurge and 
buy a new Camaro or something, "some- 
thing that works in the winter." I am 
silent, wondering about Jonathan, want- 
ing to ask her a question but not sure 
how to phrase it. Sonja accelerates 
through an amber Ught at Dupont and 
then gears down for the hill running up 
to St Clair, the engine revving impres- 
sively but then coughing and sputtering 
as we take the hill. 

"You see what I mean about this car." 
She shrugs and resigns herself with a 
dramatic sigh to our now chugging pro- 
gress. I laugh and then pop my question: 

"Is Jonathan" — I pause uncontrol- 
lably — "a homosexual?" She glances 
at me, sizing up my face as if she's not 
sure I'm serious, then looks again at the 
road. 

"Jonathan," she says forcefully, exas- 
peratedly, then pauses; finally shaking 
her head, "Jonathan, I'm afraid, is as 
gay as they come." 

"I thought so," I say quietly. 

"Well you thought right, Robert dear. 
Why do you think he gave you the stare?" 

"I didn't know. I thought maybe he 
knew me." I recall his open, childlike 
gaze — inviting me. 

"He wants to know you, Robert dear. 
You've been cruised. But I cruised you 
first!" her voice mock triumphant. 

We reach the crest of the hill and the 
car surges forward. Sonja shifts into 
high and then drops her right hand from 
the shift knob to the inside of my thigh, 
rubbing lightly with an electric finger. 

"We'll be home soon, there are no 
more hills now. Do you like Amaretto?" 

"IVIy name is Russell," I say. My body 
is not responding to her hand. 

"I'm sorry. Russell. Do you like 
Amaretto?" 

"I've never tasted it." Her hand is 
cold and I shiver slightly, hoping she 
doesn't notice. 

"Forget about Jonathan," she says 
suddenly. "Beauty isn't everything." 

I stare at her. 





SHE LEANS IN AND 
WHISPERS IN MY EAR, 
"I WANT YOU TO COME 
HOME WITH ME/' 
ACROSS THE ROOM, 
BEYOND THE 
BLURRED FRINGE OF 
HER HAIR, JONATHAN 
IS VISIBLE, HIS FACE 
STEADY AMID THE 
JOSTLING BODIES. 
WATCHING. 



Bam on my back in Sonja's waterbed 
on the upper level of her expensive, 
untidy apartment, she on her knees 
straddling me, eyes closed, lips 
slightly parted, blindly facing the 
wall above my head. The bed sloshes 
and burbles like a giant hot water bottle; 
the bedside lamp glares in my eyes. I am 
shrinking and she is being kind, or 
maybe just optimistic, pretending not to 
notice. I wish she would use her hand 
again, with that tube of stuff she has — 
that was doing the trick nicely. 

We are drunk, Sonja more than I, 
steeped in sugary potent almond extract 
("Sorry, it's all I've got") which we sip- 
ped from tiny, sticky liqueur glasses in 
Sonja's chrome and vinyl living room. 
(We undressed each other awkwardly on 
the plastic couch, planting syrupy, fla- 
voured kisses on each other's neck, face, 
lips. With my eyes closed I felt like a dis- 
tant tiny observer, watching from the 
hollow dark interior of my skull as my 
head and torso leaned and dipped, my 
lips puckered and smacked, my tongue 
probed. When we were naked, sticking 
to the couch, Sonja led me upstairs.) 

She stops her rhythmic motion and 
rolls off of me onto her back, beginning 
to masturbate. I should apologize. 

"Sorry. It must be this bed." 

"Don't worry about it," she says, 
concentrating on rubbing. "This is the 
only way I can come anyway." 

She finishes within two or three min- 
utes, her eyes scrunched, head arched 
back into the pillow, uttering little high- 
pitched cries like she's being hurt. Then, 
as quickly, she's asleep, her face serene, 
lipstick smeared irrelevantly, her hand 
resting limply between her legs. 



Wide awake, I stare at the ceiling, 
suddenly acutely aware of the strange- 
ness of my surroundings and the odd 
trust implicit in Sonja's falling asleep 
next to me, a perfect stranger. How does 
she know I won't rifle her drawers and 
find the emergency wad of bills hidden 
among her panties, next to the vibrator? 
Yes, she probably has a vibrator, a com- 
panion to her own set of useful fan- 
tasies; she just told me — masturbation 
is the only way she can come. When I 
was at university the less sensitive guys 
called this sort of thing frigidity. If Sonja 
had given me a chance I could have 
shown her that I'm not Hke that. My 
hands are not rough and clumsy like 
other men's. I learned gentleness from 
Helen. If Sonja doesn't want to trust me 
then that's /ler problem. She was prob- 
ably thinking about Jonathan the whole 
time. "Forget Jonathan," she said, as 
though she couldn't do it herself. 

Jonathan. 

I stare at the ceiling. Something, a 
mental tic, some unfocussed memory, is 
niggling at my brain. Jonathan. I do 
know him, or another Jonathan, yes, an 
earUer Jonathan. Much earlier. The 
name sparks on dim recollections. I re- 
peat it silently to myself and the spark 
persists, jumping a gap in my psyche, il- 
luminating a memory only long enough 
for it to darken before I can recognize it. 
Then the name becomes almost a man- 
tra, running through my mind with its 
own force, invoking half-formed 
images, a swirl of sensations: cold and 
warm, chill, dampness, shivering, wet 
cold, laughter, heat, hot and wet. But 
first, cold, smells of cold and wet, wet 
grass, damp earth smells and wet... wet 
canvas, a tent. And Uke a dam bursting, 
the memory floods back: a tent in our 
backyard, the air cold, dark. Myself and 
my new friend, Jonathan, scrambling in 
through the dew- wet flap, shivering, gig- 
gUng, sUpping into our icy sleeping bags, 
then wrestling, laughing, pummeling 
each other harmlessly through the pad- 
ded bags, feeding on the energy of the 
cold air; finally, Jonathan on top of me, 
the laughter dying, our bodies warming, 
his warm breath steaming in my ear, 
blond hair touching my face, and a deU- 
cious heat in my groin turning suddenly 
to a hot wetness, my heart thumping, 
chest heaving, and he quickly lifting his 
head and gaping at me, afraid he'd hurt 
me: "Wow! Are you okay?" he rolled 
off of me, ' ' Russell? Are you alright? ' ' 
But I couldn't speak, my concealed 
fingers touching the creamy warmth on 
my stomach. 

Jonathan didn't wrestle with me 
again. Wrestling meant something 
strange to me — he feared that. And I 
feared his fear. Much more than the 
strangeness I feared his fear. The 
strangeness at least was mine. 

I lie still for a long time, rerunning the 
memory. What happened to Jonathan? I 
can't remember a before or after — just 
the fear. Sonja breathes rhythmically on 
the bed beside me. Above my head a 
dusty cobweb clings in one corner of the 
ceiling. Before I get up, I imagine myself 
reaching with a broom to remove it. 

The living room is black; the floor 
lamp will not go on. I grope my way to 
the couch and dress in the dark, feeling 
for my scattered clothes. I find my 
watch and it glows at me coldly: 1 : 14, 
the bars are closing. Too late. How can I 
find him? I sit on the couch in under- 
wear, socks, and unbuttoned shirt, my 
pants undiscovered, musing into 
darkness. 

I can phone. Sonja must have a book 
of numbers, probably by the telephone, 
which is... in the kitchen. I stand and 
move toward the kitchen, guided by the 



dim light of a clock set into the back of 
the stove. On the counter, fixed in the 
cold greenish glow, is the telephone and 
beside it a small book, ornately labeled: 
ADDRESSES. As I reach for it the phone 
rings. 

My hemd hovers. On the second ring I 
back off, leaning against the table. The 
third ring is cut short; I step forward and 
lift the receiver. There is a silence, then I 
hear Sonja's voice from the bedroom, 
distant and groggy: "Yes?. ..Who is it?" 

"I woke you. I'm sorry. It's me, Jona- 
than, I'm locked out of my apartment. 
Do you mind? Is your friend still 
there?" 

"What...? Oh. No, he's gone." 

"You don't mind if I come over?" 

"No, yes, come over. Do you have my 
key?" 

"Yes, I'll let myself in. I'm sorry I 
woke you." 

"Don't worry about it." 

"Thank you, Sonja." 

"Right. Bye." 

I slowly replace the receiver. In sec- 
onds I have made a decision. My fingers 
find a wall switch just outside the kit- 
chen. I flick it and the living room is 
flooded with soft light from a comer 
lamp. I glance up the stairs. Sonja is 
probably asleep again; I can only hope. 1 
find my pants and put them on, tuck in 
and button my shirt. Then my shoes, 
lacing them up. My jacket, tie and vest 1 
place neatly over the back of the couch. 
I sit down and wait. 

Will he be angry? I can't imagine it. 
He will he surprised. Pleasantly? What if 
Sonja wakes up, comes down and finds 
me here? I'll have to leave, she thinking 
my behavior is suspicious, checking for 
missing items after I'm gone, describing 
the incident to Jonathan. But all is silent 
upstairs. 

I pick up a magazine, male fashion, 
full of men with angular jaws, hard rep- 
tilian eyes, brown granite faces, scowl- 
ing. Another magazine, for women, 
with recipes for Christmas baking, an 
article on wife beating. I think of Helen, 
my five-year lover. Her face floats some- 
where in the back of my mind, Uke a 
plaster mask, neutral. 

1 wait, reading fashion articles, ab- 
sorbing nothing, afraid of hoping for 
something I can barely define. I look at 
my watch: almost two. 

The phone rings. I look toward the 
kitchen. For a long moment I am para- 
lyzed. When I reach the phone the third 
ring is ending. I hover. It rings twice 
more. Why isn't Sonja answering? I let 
it ring twice again, then carefully Uft the 
receiver and put it to my ear. There is 
silence, then Jonathan's voice. 

"Hello? Sonja?" 

I force myself to answer. "No, it's 
Russell, from the bar. Sonja's asleep." 

"Russell? Oh. It's Jonathan. She 
thinks you're gone." 

"No... 1 had a shower." 

"WeU anyway I'm glad you answered. 
She must have unplugged the extension. 

I told her I was coming over but I'm 
downstairs here and I'm short for the 
cab fare...." 

"I'll pay the cab fare," 1 say. 

" IVillyoul Oh god, thanks. This 
guy's getting really impatient. I think 
he's going to abuse me soon. Will you 
come down? . . .Then maybe you can stay 
for coffee or something." 

"Sure, I'd like that." 

"That's great. Thanks, Russell — hey, 

I I bought it was Robert." 
"No. No. it's Russell." 
"Really?" He pauses. "I like Robert 

better." 
"Do you?" 
"Yeah." 
I laugh. "Yes," I say. "Yes. so do I.'TI 



MAY 1983 



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GREG MORI N, one of the finest young men we ever met 




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Why couldn't you trust me? 






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Tell me you 're at peace 

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1 know we'll be together again 

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The last to know 

Sometimes I think parents should be the 
last to know. Too often, if they come 
upon the evidence themselves by reading 
their children's mail or discovering them 
in bed with lovers, they react with 
punitive swiftness which even they come 
to regret, especially if they've seen a 
lover jailed or confined their offspring 
to mental hospitals. That sort of thing is 
still going on. 

Unless you are fortunate enough to 
come out in a supportive and proud gay 
community, your first experiences of 
your own sexuality may be negative or at 
best ambivalent. Your temptation to tell 
your parents is to shift the blame to 
them. Usually they are all too willing to 
feel even guiltier than you do. But they 
can respond very much as you have, try- 
ing to toss that burning shame back on 
you with such unattractive outcries as 
(from Father) "I don't need to hear that 
crock of shit!" and (from Mother) "I'll 
die of shame" before they fall to blam- 
ing each other: "I told you to get his hair 
cut before he was twenty-one," and "If 
you hadn't ogled her friends as well as 
mine, she might have liked men." They 
are not exactly what you need at that 
point in your uncertainty about yourself. 

If you are going to tell your parents 
that you're gay, tell them when they need 
to know, which is usually long after you 
are first tempted. Some parents can 
know and not want to know for years. 

Most of us who have not been initially 
reckless begin by dropping hints. 

Of an aunt you know is gay to her 
eyebrows, you say, "Do you think Aunt 
Ettie is a lesbian?" 

"Heavens no," your mother answers. 
"Whatever gave you an idea like that? 
Her fiance was killed in the war." 

Or you lend her a really good gay 
novel, and she says, "It's well enough 
written, but I don't like reading about 
people like that." 

If at that point you lose your patience 
and say bluntly, "Mother, I'm gay," 
she'll probably retort, "Well, I wouldn't 
know it from the expression on your 
face." 

Recently I heard about a classic cas.' 
of avoidance: 

Mother: "I suppose you and Sara are 
like those people in San 
Francisco." 

Daughter: "Well, in fact, yes, 
Mother, we are." 

Mother: "Good, because your father 
and I never approved of things like 
that." 



Daughter: "But I said, yes, I was like 

that." 
Mother: "Oh well, you'd say any- 
thing, wouldn't you?" 

Anyone who would push that conver- 
sation further is tone deaf. 

Parents' acceptance of a child's 
homosexuality is often a very slow pro- 
cess. One young man ordered home to 
Toronto with his lover for a family wed- 
ding was told, "For this week I want you 
both to be heterosexual." 

"No way," the young man protested. 
"We're all the way out of the closet, and 
we're not going back in." 

"Well, you may be out," his mother 
replied, "but I'm not." 

So he and his lover dutifully wore 
their pink triangles on their undershirts 
and kissed the bride instead of the 
groom. 

It's not a cop-out. Their generosity to 
the rituals of her world will make it 
easier for her to grow in generosity 
towards the rituals of theirs. Parents 
who are making a real effort to under- 
stand are potential allies of great impor- 
tance to our community. Their coming 
out is a political act of as great force as 
our own, and they don't have the sup- 
port group we do unless we provide it 
for them. 

That classically angry graffiti scrawled 
across a wall, "My mother made me a 
homosexual," was lovingly answered 
with "If I gave her some yarn, would she 
make me one, too?" 

Not until you are as confident of your 
desire as that, as ready to celebrate your 
own erotic joy, are you ready to tell your 
parents, to teach your parents that your 
sexuality is not a matter about which 
anyone need feel guilty. Their bigotry, 
hke your own, is founded in ignorance 
and fear, and it is overcome, as your 
own has been, by love, not only theirs 
for you, but even more importantly 
yours for them. 

It is by our love, and only by our love, 
that we can require our parents to be as 
shameless and proud as we are. 

I've seen buttons recently which say, 
"Have you hugged your mother 
today?" and "Have you hugged your 
father today?" Maybe soon there will be 
buttons which say, "Have you hugged 
your daughter today?" and "Have you 
hugged your son today?" If we have to 
let our parents be the last to know, they 
may be among the first to understand 
that "flaunting it" is what love is all 
about, in all its manifestations. D 




36/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



SEX 



Dear Diai7: How do we learn to^'speak sex"? 



Perhaps it is a sign of a maturing move- 
ment. Maybe just a sign of the times. 
But whatever it is, feminism and what 
we have called the women's movement 
are no longer a self-evident, unitary and 
coherent expression for all women all 
the time. Like the various strains of 
marxism ("lefties," maoists, trotskyists, 
critical theorists, gramscians or what- 
ever) we now have, to our credit, many 
"feminisms." The two most visible have 
mainly to do with sex: those who speak 
essential truths about women as the 
"second sex," and those who, essences 
aside, speak sex. 

April 24, 1982 was to mark the very 
first time feminists from all backgrounds 
were to gather together in the US to do 
the latter — to speak sex. This confer- 
ence, the ninth one in a yearly Barnard 
College series entitled "The Scholar and 
the Feminist," set out to affirm a 
woman's right to "sexual pleasure, 
choice and autonomy" while at the same 
time "acknowledging that sexuality is 
simultaneously a domain of restriction, 
repression, and danger" given the pri- 
mordial fact of a patriarchal — that is to 
say, sexist — society. Sadly, much of the 
energy and content of these discussions 
was derailed or amputated altogether 
when several "feminist" groups (Wom- 
en Against Pornography in particular) 
began picketing the conference, passing 
out misleading, infiammatory and de- 
grading leaflets designed to castigate and 
finally censor as perverse the women 
who were to lead (and even those who 
simply wanted to attend) these crucial 
workshops. In the end (of what by all ac- 
counts was ugly and violently non-nur- 
turing behaviour by the very women 
whose brand of feminism should have 
dictated otherwise), "The Scholar and 
the Feminist" conference series lost its 
major financial supporter, the Helena 
Rubenstein Foundation (who demanded 
their name be removed from all confer- 
ence material), and the Barnard Wom- 
en's Center lost its hard won autonomy 
from the college. And in the smoldering 
pathos which ensued, the diary of the 
conference, with its frank discussions 
and sexually explicit photos — the very 
pamphlet which was to have been given 
to each of the participants during her at- 
tendance at the conference — was quick- 
ly confiscated by university officialdom. 
Ashes to ashes? Dust to dust? 

Well not quite. Last year the women 
involved in planning the conference de- 
cided to republish, without the Barnard 
logo or Helena Rubenstein seal of ap- 
proval, the Diary of A Conference: On 
Sexuality. What we have before us, in 
revised form, are the discussions, fears 
and hopes that went into planning a con- 
ference on sexuality on the one hand, 
and an example of the difficulties in at- 
tempting to speak sex on the other. No 
question is left unasked, no answer pre- 
sumed already known. And this unpre- 
tentiousness is the dynamism which per- 
meates every recorded conversation. 

Dear Diary: Wed Sept 16. Questions 
range from: how do we break the .silence 
surrounding lesbian and heterosexual 
pleasure? to: how do we really talk 
about sex without hesitancy, tension and 

Diary of a Conference: On Sexuality, The 

Scholar and the Feminist Conference Planning 
Committee. Barnard Women's Center (Hanna 
Alderter. Beth Jaker, Marybeth Nelson), 
1982. $5 US. 



anxiety? Dear Diary: Tues Sept 22. Us- 
ing what is described as the "round- 
robin method," discussion begins about 
the very word "sexuality." What do we 
mean by it? What is the relation between 
"sexuality" and the new right? (Some- 
one answers that "the issue is genital 
sexuality.") What do we mean by good 
sex? What does it mean to say sexuality 
is both pleasure and pain, power and 
powerlessness? 

Dear Diary: Tues Oct 6. Was the sex- 
ual revolution a "fraud" for feminists? 
Is "the personal is political" still a liber- 
ating expression given the new scrutiny 
and judgment passed by the new right 
and left alike? Dear Diary: Tiies Oct 20. 
How do we talk about, let alone under- 
stand, violence and pornography? Does 
it make sense to lump pornography with 
a violent image of women? Could cen- 
sorship improve the image of woman? Is 
the only "good" porn gay porn (sans 
lesbians)? What about sexual symbols — 
particularly given the s/m sexual prac- 
tices of some lesbians — should we cate- 
gorize symbols as good or bad? Does 
this reflect the old "good girls" vs "bad 
girls" stereotype? ("Clean" vs "dirty 
sex?) There is something quite desirable 
about being on the periphery, being re- 
bellious, being a sexual "outlaw." What 
does this mean when we're "rolUng 
around in bed together"? 

What about teenage sexuality, child- 
hood sexuality? Sexuality contoured be- 
cause of race or class background? What 






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MAY 1983 




can be said about the fact that more 
women into s/m or butch/femme roles 
also have clear working class ties? Is this 
fact, or a myth? And the new right — 
what does it mean when it refers to 
"protecting the innocence of children" 
while simuhaneously wishing to "sup- 
press their anti-social drives"? 

Dear Diary: Tlies Oct 27. Is it true 
that pornography is linked to rape? 
Porn as the "theory," rape as the "prac- 
tice"? The "evidence," they reply, is at 



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best flimsy. But when is a metaphor not a 
metaphor? When is "representation" 
the real thing? Is a depiction of violent 
sex acts a depiction of "bad" sex, of vic- 
timized woman? And what do we mean 
by erotic dominance? Dear diary, if it is 
true that society is gynephobic, is it no 
less true that pornography has contri- 
buted to lessening the fear of women's 
genitals? Is there a parallel (it is suggest- 
ed that there is) between the emotional 
blackmail used by anti-abortion groups 
and WAP slide shows Unking violence 
and pornography? 

Dear Diary: Wed Nov 18. What about 
sexual style?! Why is it that men can sep- 
arate emotion (love) from sex, but 
women, until recently, haven't (seeming- 
ly) done so? Is this a good thing to be 
able to do, or a bad one? Why are there 
no baths or other public sex institutions 
for women? Would we want, as in Taxi 
Zum Klo, a cab waiting for us, meter 
running, as we flit from one sex scene to 
another? If not, why not? (To which 
they reply, tongue not entirely in cheek, 
that the meter bill might go too high!) 

Dear Diary: Tues Nov 24. How do we 
talk about sex? Should we begin with the 
sexual practices of the 19th century, 
when Victorian mores (not to mention 
medical and legal codes) linked homo- 
sexuality and women's sexual practices 
(namely prostitution) to "filth and 
crime"? The question is crucial, for it 
underscores many femini.sts' serious mis- 
givings about those anti-pornography 
crusaders who have knowingly or other- 
wise rekindled the old campfires of 
white middle-class Victorian do- 
gooders. But the question is crucial for 
another reason: it permits us to see the 
origins of (he boundaries and limitations 



of sensual /sexual practices and symbols 
still with us today. 

The Diary of a Conference: On Sex- 
uality, however, does not attempt to give 
a "solution" or "answer" to this or any 
other question. Rather, through its 
lengthy discussions and various "punk 
feminist" photo montages (complete 
with one sexually explicit fuck-scene 
centrefold), it begins in earnest the diffi- 
cuh task of "speaking sex." We can only 
hope that the wise women of Barnard 
have plans to pen a sister volume to this 
diary, one which will encapsulate the 
conference panel discussions suggested 
at the end of the book. For it is in these 
workshops that well-reasoned and artic- 
ulate accounts surrounding all aspects of 
female sexual practices must have sur- 
faced again and again — everything 
from the nitty gritty detailing of giving, 
taking or just thinking about wild and 
frenzied orgasms to theorizing the whys 
and wherefores of pleasure in this damp 
and difficult patriarchal world. We need 
that sister volume and we need it now. 

SueGoldingG 

If you would like a copy, send $5 US to Diary 
of a Conference: On Sexuality, c/o Beth 
Jaker, 299 Riverside Dr. 9B, New York. NY 

10025, USA. 



POETRY 



Running for Utopia on 
tiie rapture platfom 

Graffiti for ttie Johns of f^eaven by James 
Broughton. Syzygy Press (Box 183. Mill 
Valley. CA 94942, USA), 1982. $7.25. 

I am running on a rapture platform... 
I am promising unlimited unta.xable 

orgasms 
to every voter in the world 

Being gay has never been enough for me. 
I've always wanted to be ecstatic. The 
soothsayers of liberated gayness have 
sometimes suggested, or at least implied, 
that ecstasy might be found somewhere 
amid the possible combinations of hot 
sex, steam, amyl nitrite and inspired pol- 
itical rectitude. I've had mi.xed success 
with the elements of this list, (although I 
heartily recommend the sex); but now 1 
realize that 1 may often have been look- 
ing in the wrong places. James Brough- 
ton is the person who has set mc right. 
Broughton is a gay poet and film- 



THE BODY POLITIC/37 



maker and perhaps the gay movement's 
only ecstatic visionary and guru. I use 
the word "guru" shamelessly because 
Broughton grew up in San Francisco, 
the guru-growing capital of North 
America, and has Uved there long 
enough now to have become its epitome. 
And yet, his latest book of poetry shows 
that he's not benumbed by stereotypic 
west-coast "mellow." That attitude 
belongs to people without Broughton's 
vitality and quick wit: people who, given 
the chance to make the leap to the 
ecstatic, would profess boredom and 
head off to refinish their suntans. Mean- 
while, Broughton, sitting on a cloud, 
would shout down his immortal advice: 
Commit nuisances only on 

public faces 

private propriety 

pubic places 

or, laughing lustily as his cloud drifted 
off in the direction of the nearest cruis- 
ing ground: 

Swallow no dogmas whole 
A dogma is a mother dog 
Are you a son of a dogma? 

In Graffiti, Broughton makes it clear 
where he stands on the issues of our 
times: 

Promiscuity is a way of showing 

how much you love your fellow creatures 

Committing a gross indecency shows 
that you do things in a big way 

After reading this collection I'm con- 
vinced that if the word "liberation" has 
any transcendent meaning, Broughton is 
unique among gay-male authors in hav- 
ing begun to find it. Graffiti for the 
Johns of Heaven is less like a book of 
poetry than like a good friend with an 
infectious laugh and an ingenious sense 
of what ought to be laughed about. In- 
dividual poems occasionally dance on 
the edge of dire offence (what Dignity 
member, for example, would unflinch- 
ingly contemplate an opportunity to 
"praise the smegma of the Pope" along 
with other such "fragrant oozes of the 
goodly"?) but taken as a whole, the 
book is irresistible. The sheer wit and 
joy of it overwhelm all other sensations. 

If the gay movement wants to keep us 
interested, it has to pay some dividends. 



Graffiti is just the kind of thing I'm 
looking for. I'd be looking for it even if 
it and I had nothing to do with gays or 
movements. I may not actually be "pol- 
ishing my gonads for Utopia" or "pray- 
ing every night to wake up crazier," but 
just to imagine it delights me. Given the 
alternatives, the "rapture platform" 
gets my vote. Richard SummerbellD 



HEALTH 



Holistic hypertrale 

The Advocate Guide to Gay Health by R D 

Fenwick. Alyson Publications (Boston), 1982. 
2nd ed. 



The advent of AIDS (acquired immune 
deficiency syndrome) has turned health 
care into a major issue for gay men, 
making the Advocate's revised guide 
timely and important. The information 
is useful, current and generally accurate 
though, aside from the chapter on AIDS, 
not much has been revised from the 1978 
first edition. A definite plus is author 
Fenwick's upbeat journalistic writing 
style and liberal use of anecdotes, giving 
this book a mass appeal sadly lacking in 
the sober medical treatises of Christo- 
pher Street, for example. 

Fenwick covers a wide range of health 
problems affecting gay men and women, 
including sexually transmitted diseases 
(STDs), AIDS, alcoholism, drug abuse, 
sexual dysfunction and the potential 
dangers encountered in unconventional 
sexual activity like fisting or S/M. Chap- 
ters on aging and disposing of one's 
estate provide information not often 
covered in gay publications. 

Fenwick's major (and in the gay press, 
unique) contribution to this field is put- 
ting gay health care in a holistic perspec- 
tive, stressing physical and emotional 
well-being rather than focussing narrow- 
ly on diseases and cures. His insistence 
throughout on the element of personal 
responsibility in preventing STDs and 
maintaining physical health is as valu- 
able as the factual information he pro- 
vides. Holistic health may well boil 
down to common sense, but how many 



Poet James Broughton: ecstatic visionary and guru ' 'praying every night to wake up crazier" 




of us apply this perspective to our own 
lives? 

The book's major failing is in its at- 
tempt to reach both men and women. 
Lesbians will find far more extensive in- 
formation in Our Bodies, Our Selves, 
also written from a total-health-care per- 
spective, as well as other publications 
dealing with women's health issues. And 
many lesbians will take issue with the 
author's unreflecting notions of female 
sexual response handed down from 
Kinsey and C A Tripp. 

Another problem is that Fenwick, des- 
pite disclaimers, is clearly uncomfort- 
able with the subject of casual sex. No- 
where in his discussion of "pros and 
cons of promiscuity" does he suggest 
that abundant sex could not only be en- 
joyable but contribute to a sense of ful- 
fillment and self-awareness. This needs 
to be said, never more than now. 

Fenwick's tone at times borders on al- 
armist in discussing STDs and, especially, 
drugs (about which he is downright dis- 
approving). For example, it is simply ir- 
responsible to describe intestinal para- 
sites as a "horror show" or "wreaking 
havoc," even as styHstic flourishes. 
Other instances of such hyperbole are 
found in sections on herpes and hepati- 
tis. By contrast, Nathan Fains's com- 
ments on AIDS are a concise and sensible 
summary of the topic, though I would 
like to have seen more commentary on 
the vastly divergent reactions within the 
gay community to AIDS and gay sexual 
lifestyles. 

Criticisms aside, however, this is an 
enjoyable, informative, and well- 
thought-out work on a subject finally 
given the wide scope it deserves. 

Robert lyowD 



ACADEME 



Ponderous cliic 

Homosexuality: Sacrilege, Vision, Politics. 

Salmagundi, Issue 58-59, Skidmore College, 
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

A recent bit on Saturday Night Live, 
parodying the Dr Pepper commercial, 
had the cast dancing and singing, "He's 
a faggot, she's a faggot, why don't you 
be a faggot too?..." Homosexuality, as 
the television show insinuates, appears 
to be running the risk of becoming the 
latest subject of radical chic. Another 
indication is the latest edition of 
Salmagundi. 

Salmagundi calls itself "A Quarterly 
of the Humanities and Social Sciences," 
and its contributors are usually among 
the luminaries of the literati and the 
scholarly community. The editor for this 
particular issue, George Steiner (Fellow 
of Churchill College, Cambridge Uni- 
versity), writes in the preface that he 
conceived of the topic in order "...to 
learn more about interactions between 
homoeroticism and modern culture and 
society" since it has "become difficult, 
almost artificial to think about Modern- 
ism in arts and letters or of the new liber- 
alities of social conduct and imagining" 
without thinking about the moral and 
legal claims of the homosexual 
community. 

In other words, the editors and con- 
tributors are yielding to necessity as well 
as curiosity. Not very far, however. The 
contributions, with a few salutory excep- 
tions, do little, if anything, to realize 
Steiner's goal. The bulk of the work here 
is compounded to varying degrees of un- 
ease, hostility, amazement and ignor- 
ance. The chief, if unintended, purpose 
of this is to promote insights into the 
biases of the North American intellect- 




Badger 

The only fault I find with badgers 
Is that they're such appalling cadgers 
If you ask one out to dine 
He'll want a dozen of your wine 
To take home. If he likes your prints 
He'll bother you with clumsy hints: 
"I say, who's that picture by?. . . 
It's my birthday next July ..." 
Once, one asked me for my car — 
This was going rather far — 
So I said, "Wouldn't you rather 
Take this ring? It belonged to my father; 
It's set with diamonds. " Calm and bland, 
He thanked me and held out his hand. 
I had an apoplectic fit: 
The Badger walked away with it. 

— Christopher Isherwood 

Behold the Publisher, who tries 
On Famous Names to capitalize. 
Like Djuna Barnes (not so long dead). 
Or Isherwood (alive, it's said): 
They both wrote poems for kids that 

should 
Have stayed unknown (they're not that 

good) 
Had Dial and parent Doubleday 
Not felt the profits would repay 
A small outlay of time and money 
To make the doggerel look more toney 
"We'll dress them in their trendy best 
And in the jacket notes suggest 
That both are sparkling gems of wit, 
Exuberance, and the rest of it. 
With heavy stock, no one will see 
The paucity of poetry 
High price tags will go far to prove 
That these are Art — all doubts remove! 
Gay people all will fall in line 
To buy them up; they're Their Own Kind. 
(Though we won't mention that at all 
In essays biographical.) 
Chris is better known — charge more. 
That's what a reputation's for." 
And thus appear slim volumes, two — 
Not worth their weight in Badger poo. 

Gerry OxtordU 

Creatures in an Alphabet by Djuna 
Barnes. The Dial Press, 1982. $13.95. 
People One Ought to Know by Christopher 
Isherwood. Doubleday, 1982. $16.95. 



ual and his reactions to the existence of 
homosexuality. 

The animus and confusion that mark 
much of the issue is in surprising and 
welcome contrast to the work submitted 
by the gay authors. Stanford University 
historian Paul Robinson has a some- 
times wry, utterly charming epistolary 
exchange with a student, depicting the 
youth's attempts to come to terms with 



38/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



Two weeks after Toronto performer David 
Roctie tiad returned fiis rented fireman cos- 
tume to Western Props, had skipped a trip to 
Disneyland in favour of ttie fantasyland of ro- 
mance, and fiad waved goodbye to tfie stioe- 
scuffed (and sometimes vomit- and blood- 
stained) stars along Hollywood Boulevard, 
people were still calling to reserve tickets to 
David Roche Plays With Himself. 

Roctie, wtiose five-day Los Angeles run 
was too short to attract reviews, was a hit: in 
Hollywood, where hype is hallowed, being 
talked about is more important than being 
written up. 

The one-man show, presented by A Differ- 
ent Light Bookstore, ran Inarch 9-13 at a 
dank and dowdy theatre a few blocks east of 
the coyly-named Boys Town, where the most 
brazenly beautiful hustlers smile3t passing 
cars. Elbowing through platoons of young 
men on the way to the theatre may seem 
sleazy, but that is the essence of Hollywood: 
sleaze cheek-to-cheek with substance. 

On opening night, the house was split 
evenly between radical faeries and gay body- 
builders, culled and called from the respect- 
ive address books of myself and my co-pro- 
ducer, Norman Laurila. Both styles of faggot 
— and there are overlaps between the lat set 
and the fairy mindset — loved the show: by 
Friday, and by word-of -mouth, the run was 
sold out. 

Roche's out-of -Toronto debut showed that 
the house-cleaner-by-day is growing as a 
performer and as a writer, enough to attract 
and enthuse LA folks whose salads are 
served, whose cars are parked — and 
whose houses are cleaned — by aspiring ac- 
tors. A section of the Big Orange was im- 
pressed enough by his wit, his wisdom, the 
way he said "eh"— Canadians are a hot 
ticket down here — to suggest he return for 
next winter's Maple Leaf Week. 

' ' They took me seriously, ' ' Roche said 
when his run was done. "That's nice. I'm 
going to take myself more seriously back 
home." Richard Labont6D 




his doubts and misadventures as well as 
those of the gay community. Robinson 
comments perceptively at the end about 
the potential traps awaiting the teacher 
who too easily confuses his pedagogic 
and personal roles. Martin Duberman 
has also chosen the personal mode, a 
selection from diaries he kept in the '50s 
that portray the jmguish and depression 
he experienced during those years. There 
is a suggestion of narcissism in both the 
diaries and their pubhcation, but their 
final effect is admirable. 

There is an important piece on the 
lack of utiUty in historical conceptions 
of gay identity by John Boswell, author 
of the widely respected Christianity, 
Social Tolerance and Homosexuality, 
and a useful examination of the develop- 
ment of medical opinion about female 
deviance by Yale graduate student 
George Chauncey. James O'Higgins has 
submitted a pleasant if inconsequential 
interview with French historian Michel 
Foucault and there a few other more 
substantial pieces by gay authors. But 
the bulk of the articles are by writers 
who do not share the preference and 
identity they are writing about; the maj- 
ority of these are a strange lot, particu- 
larly in view of the volume's title. 

Most of them seem to conceive of gay 
experience as "Sacrilege" — provoc- 
ative, perhaps even titillating and darkly 
inviting, but something which doesn't 
derive from the same moral and historic- 
al splieres as does more conventional 
thought and expression. But of "Vision" 
and "Politics" there is precious little, 
especially when it comes to contempor- 
ary culture and politics. 

There is a barely revised essay on 
Oscar Wilde and his supposed infiuence 



on the new left by Phillip Rieff that is 
even more laboured now than when it 
first appeared in 1970. Calvin Bedient 
has written a largely obfuscatory study 
of the sexual wellsprings of Whitman's 
poetry that is less accessible than the 
work it presumes to explicate. Herbert 
Blau's prose in his attempt to delineate 
gay participation in "The New Sodom" 
is so nearly impenetrable that the reader 
may wonder how anyone would find this 
riot of license appeahng enough to join. 

The closest Salmagundi gets to con- 
fronting more common and contempor- 
ary concerns are Willard Spiegleman's 
amused but respectful look at the gay 
press and Jean Elshtain's cantankerous- 
ly argued piece on the logic of gay libera- 
tion. Professor Elshtain, a politicsil sci- 
entist, is at pains to convince us that 
claims that gays belong to an oppressed 
class are meretricious (we do not consti- 
tute a class in her view), although she 
does concede the usefulness of prevent- 
ing discrimination. She contends that 
gay sensibility is doomed if gay libera- 
tion manages to subvert and overcome 
the social institutions against which gay 
sensibility is a rebellion. Her misrepre- 
sentation of current gay political 
thought and social consciousness is 
based upon such a perverse selection of 
citations, and her conclusions are so 
forced, that few informed readers, gay 
or straight, will be either edified or 
fooled. 

Some years ago, Christopher Lasch 
complained that "...not only literature 
and literary criticism, but critical 
thought in genera! suffer from the spirit- 
ual and philosophical chaos of Amer- 
ican life." On the evidence of this collec- 
tion, homosexuality for many intellect- 



uals seems to generate disquieting 
thoughts and inchoate feelings — not to 
mention ponderous and irrelevant 
critiques. GeorgeKSaxD 

The current issue of Gay Studies Newsletter 
(Dept of English, 7 Kings College Circle, Uni- 
versity of Toronto, ONM5SIAJ) will feature 
a forum in which Salmagundi's gay contribu- 
tors discuss their participation in the journal. 



Lesbian Studies: Present and Future. Edited 
by Margaret Cruikshank. The Feminist Press 
(Box 334, Old Westbury, NY 11568), 1982. 
$9.50. 

"Well, I've been head of this university 
for quite a few years now — the good 
old vintage, hoho! — and I've weath- 
ered more storms than you youngsters 
have had hot dinners. I won't say it 
hasn't been difficult, I've had to make 
concessions. We've let in coloured 
people and we've got more girls on cam- 

The perpetrator: editor hJlargaret Cruickshank 



MAY 1983 




pus than I quite expected but, 'integrate,' 
I said to them, 'integrate. After all, it's 
equality you want, isn't it?' Women's 
Studies was, frankly, a bit of a blow but 
even that's settled down now. The men 
have realized that it's not relevant to 
them and only for sissies anyway, so no- 
body much important goes. And we do, 
thank God, still hold the purse-strings, 
not to mention we can always call them 
men-haters and dykes if they go too 
far.... 

"But this last attack is too much. 
Have you seen it? Lesbian Studies it's 
called. Lesbian Studies! It's nothing less 
than a do-it-yourself guide to subver- 
sion. There's bibliographies and even 
samples of how to put together Courses 
on Lesbianism. And twenty-eight essays 
that break all the rules: these women 
write as if their personal experience was 
important, and they don't even use the 
proper language — it's as if they wanted 
anyone to be able to understand! 

"But what's really shocking is the way 
they go on about trivial issues like older 
women and racial differences — and 
women in sport, for God's sake. And 
they have the brazen effrontery to com- 
pare notes on how far they've succeeded 
in infiltrating owr courses and our 
establishments! 

"I could send out a memo, but then I 
might be telling people about it. No, I 
think the best thing to do is to ignore it 
on the whole, though a few well-placed 
jokes mightn't come amiss. My advice to 
you is to hide all the copies you can find 
and Don't Tell Anyone about it. 

And another thing, 1 know I can rely 
on you — this conversation, you know, 
strictly off the record..." 

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What comes to mind when you think of 
a CathoHc education? Glacial glares 
from towering nuns, plaster Madonnas 
in every corridor, the stigma (disguised 
as privilege) of attending "separate" 
schools? These elements of your average 
Catholic education don't figure too 
highly in Robert Benard's first novel, 
but then we're not dealing with your 
average Catholic schoolboy. Nicholas 
Manion, you see, is a homosexual. 

The only child of a well-to-do Irish- 
American capitalist (Connecticut, insur- 
ance) and his thoroughly oppressed wife 
(Presbyterian, convert), Nicholas grows 
up anointed for greatness. Lovingly 
groomed for worldly success by his fath- 
er and for a vocation by Father Lyon, 
his Jesuit teacher, Nicholas responds 
brilliantly to the special attention ac- 
corded him. At the age of seventeen, 




Author Bernard: everything comes too easily 

confident in his vocation as in all things, 
Nicholas enters the seminary to join the 
elite of the Catholic priesthood, the 
Jesuits. 

But trouble brews. Nicholas chafes at 
the harshness of the Jesuit "Rule" — 
the code which regulates all aspects of 
seminary life — and he begins to doubt 
its relevance to his spiritual growth. He 
gets involved in a "PF" with Scott, a 
second-year seminarian. (PF is convent 
and seminary argot for "particular 
friendship," an intimacy between two 
members of a religious community 
which is considered an unholy deflection 
of spiritual energy... and a breeding 
ground for homosexuality.) Nicholas be- 
gins to doubt his vocation, falls into bed 
with Scott, finds true fulfillment, leaves 
the seminary, and you can guess the rest. 

A Catholic Education is certainly not 
high literature. It presents the sensitive 
reader with such a number of trying mo- 
ments, such as when banal descriptions 
go all out to remind us that this is a book 
about religion: "The room was as silent 
as a sacristy." Symbols hit like lead bal- 
loons (most notably when Scott offers 
Nicholas a bite from an apple picked in 
the seminary orchard). The novel is, 
however, packed with fascinating and 
titillating "Jebbie" lore, and for some 
this may make it a compelling read. It is 
also laden with pages of interior mono- 
logue illustrating Nicholas's struggles 
with his religion. Within moments of 
fucking Scott, our hero has formulated a 
personal theology to accommodate his 
homosexuality, anticipating all the com- 
mon sense of a Dignity manifesto. This 
strains credulity: Nicholas throws off the 
yoke of homophobia in 1962 with the 



alacrity of a clone doffing his Lacoste. 

Everything comes too easily for 
Nicholas, and this is the major flaw of A 
Catholic Education. He's good-looking, 
gets great marks, and is equally at home 
discussing basketball and transsubstanti- 
ation. His only misfortune seems to be 
his inclusion in this novel. 

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youth, outlined in their new book One 
Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and 
Lesbian Youth. They will forward, free 
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obtaining an address where mail can be 
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• The Meridian Theatre Playwrights and 
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fish Cove and Late Snow, who died Feb- 
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• University Microfilms International 
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This Issue's writers 

Jim Bailley and his lover are currently looking for 
an apartment in Toronto's ghetto... Chris Bearchell 
is contemplating stilts in response to Toronto's new 
porn display control bylaw... Christine Donald Is the 
director of the Coalition tor Gay Rights in Ontario. . . 
Dan Healey, formerly Sister Appassionata della 
Bawdy House, has left the Order of Perpetual Indul- 
gence to pursue the laity. . . Sub Golding wonders 
why more lesbians aren't submitting classified 
ads... Richard Labontd is with A Different Light 
Bookstore in Los Angeles. . . Gerry Oxford is unable 
to support himself with his poetry. . George Sax is a 
social scientist living in Buffalo, NY... though Phil 
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40/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



Joy Parks: 

Shared Ground 



Cheerful obsessions 

There is something I have been meaning 
to bring up for a few months and now 
seems like the right time. If you are a 
regular reader of "Shared Ground," 
then you will have noticed by now that 
most of the books featured in this space 
receive a positive review. It occurred to 
me that perhaps all this "cheeriness" 
might have become a bit tiresome by 
now, and that by being so full of praise, 
I may be risking my credibility. But I do 
sincerely mean everything I say. Every- 
one knows how tight money is now, and 
that when the economy is lousy the arts 
and culture (especially the alternative 




Elsa Gidlow: in 1918, ' 'incredible strength" 

variety) are the first to feel the pinch. 
Still, just seeing all the work that keeps 
pouring into "Shared Ground" proves 
that there are lesbian women out there 
with hope and energy and loads of guts. 
In the face of all that perseverance it's 
really hard to write negative reviews. 

There are writers whose work one 
likes and then there are writers with 
whom one can become obsessed. Jan 
Clausen is one of the latter. I swear I 
have read every story in Mother, Sister, 
Daughter, Lover at least five times. 
Before the release of this collection, Jan 
Clausen was well known as a lesbian 
poet, but I think the quality of this col- 
lection of short fiction will allow both 
those readers familiar with her work and 
those unfortunate others a chance to see 
the immensity of her craft. 

In Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover 
Jan Clausen writes about the women we 
know and are. It's impossible to read 
these stories and not recognize frag- 
ments from one's own life. In "Depend- 
ing," she writes of the problems of 
maintaining an intimate and loving rela- 
tionship in the face of "PC" group 
dynamics and other games of "musical 
beds" which often occur in political 
cliques. In "Today is the First Day of the 
Rest of Your Life," the reader spends a 
day with Alice, an unemployed lesbian 
mother who raises her daughter; cleans; 
thinks about having another baby; 
thinks about radical politics; and 
somehow, manages to hold it all togeth- 
er. But my favourite has to be 
"Blood/Milk": a tongue-in-cheek look 
at the alternative feminist publication 
that celebrates the "womanenergy" of a 
lesbian who has sold out to Random 



House. This piece gets four stars alone 
for its less-than-subtle comments on 
those who make big bucks by selling out 
to the big boys. But beside the polemic, 
it /5 good writing! 

The short works in this collection vary 
in voice and style, but no matter how we 
find her, "everylesbian" is here. Jan 
Clausen has managed to turn "real life 
and plain folks" into something dynam- 
ic. I only hope that she can be persuaded 
to give us more. 

It is impossible to read Elsa Gidlow's 
Sapphic Songs and not be impressed by 
the expansive enlightenment that her life 
has encompassed. Some of the poems in 
this collection were written as early as 
1918, making Elsa Gidlow a contempor- 
ary of such lesbian writing pioneers as 
Radclyffe Hall and the lesbian literary 
circles of the post-WWI salon period. 
The influence of classical Greek poets 
stands out in her personification of love 
and death, her reliance on the symbol- 
ism of flowers. The poems in Sapphic 
Songs represent a large collection of les- 
bian poetry written before there were 
lesbian pubHshers, journals, or any sort 
of support system. Their strength and 
frankness are thus incredible. While 
some lines appear contrived or self- 
indulgent, much of the work shows great 
skill. I think the greatest importance of 
this collection lies in its very existence. It 
proves that lesbian writing has survived 
and sustained us, giving hope that les- 
bian writings are and will continue to be 
an essential part of our culture. 

Folly, by Maureen Brady, is a novel 
that celebrates the strength of women 
together. The narrative concerns the 
struggle to form a union in a clothing 
factory. The problems and fears that oc- 
cur during the strike and the early union 
planning point not only to the uneven 
power balance between male manage- 
ment and female labour, but also to 
issues such as racism and mistrust be- 
tween women who are just learning to 
work together. The two women who are 
the driving forces in the union become 
lovers, after being neighbours and 
friends for many years. This shows how 
women come to love and to depend on 
each other: learn trust and the impor- 
tance of love between women, as they 
learn to know their own power and 
strength. There are other close ties be- 
tween women in Folly: between mothers 
and daughters; black women and white; 
young girls loving and learning the wis- 
dom of grandmothers. Folly is a rare 
and beautiful work that shows lesbian 
love to be a model of the warmth, 
strength and nurturing that forms the 
best part of the many types of relation- 
ships between women. In that itself. 
Folly is both a necessary and important 
book.D 

Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover by Jan 
Clausen. The Crossing Press Feminist Series, 
The Crossing Press, Trumansburg, NY 
14886. $4.95 (US) 

Sapphic Songs by Elsa Gidlow. Druid 
Heights Books, 685 Camino del Canyon, Mill 
Valley, CA 94941. Distributed by The Naiad 
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WANTED: LESBIAN (20-40) to marry Oriental pro- 
fessional male in his late 20s for convenience, any 
race, financial benefit negotiable. Drawer D368. 

EDUCATED, PROFESSIONAL MALE, bi, seeks 
similar bi women, men or both for pleasure and 
friendship. I'm reasonably attractive, 31, 5'H" 180 
lbs, hairy, curly, masculine. Excited by slender, youth- 
ful partners with imagination! I'm a nonsmoker with 
interests in the arts, games, some sports, good food 
and drink. Please reply with descriptive letter and 
phone. Box 715, Station M, Calgary, AB T2P 2J3. 

Friends/female 



North Bay 



YOUNG LESBIAN COUPLE would like to meet 
other lesbians for friendship only. Pen pals are wel- 
come. Drawer D422. 



Toronto 



SOS. MIDDLE-AGED LADY would Uke to meet 
other ladies. I'm 5'6" 158 lbs. Lost partner in death 
£md now looking for company. Very shy. Drawer 
D397. 

STRIKING, PRETTY GAY lady, early 30s, tall, 
auburn hair, blue eyes, seeks feminine, mature, at- 
tractive lady with a touch of class interested in devel- 
oping a friendship possibly leading to a relationship. 
Photo preferred. Box 6952, Station A, Toronto, ON 
M5W 1X7. 

CIVILIZED, CULTURALLY-ORIENTED female, 
29, seeks same to share conversation, time, nature, 
wine, music: life. Uncomfortably suspended between 
straight world and gay "scene." Reply with address. 
Drawer D467. 



Eastern Ontario 



LESBIAN, LATE 20s, sincere, looking for corres- 
pondence, friendship, perhaps more. Peterborough- 
Toronto area. All letters answered. Discretion assur- 
ed. Drawer D439. 

ARE YOU A lesbian living in the Cobourg-Port Hope 
area, Peterborough, Oshawa or Toronto? I'm a 
35-year-old professional woman feeling isolated and 
very lonely. 1 would like someone to talk to and do 
things with: ie a friend. (If more develops, that's 
great.) I'm quiet, have sense of humour, Uke music, 
travel, photography, scuba diving, skiing, animals. I 
would like to meet you. Please send phone number — 
and soon! I may be away in June. Thanks! Drawer 
D463. 

Friends/male 



International 



GWM, 33, GOOD-LOOKING, 6' 165, would like to 
correspond with men 35 and older. Interested in 
photos, video and hot letters. Possible meetings, 
good times. Interested in gay/bi men who enjoy dis- 
creet friendship. Your photo gets mine. Jim, Box 
27478. Honolulu, HI 96827, USA. 

CORRESPOND WITH A friendly, sincere GWM, 
36. Many interests: friends, letters, travel, languages, 
Levi's, gay lit, collections. Lonely isolation in China 
imminent; seeks friendly gay pen pals everywhere. All 
answered (really!). Box 478, North Bay, ON PIB 8J2. 

SAN FRANCISCO EXHIBITIONISTIC JO stud: 
hot, hung, good-looking, well built, 29, 6' 165 lbs, 
moustache. Into long, sweaty beatoff scenes with true 
Canadian men. Can travel or accommodate visitors. 
Photo a must: Grant Bradley, 470 Castro, Apt 3410, 
San Francisco, CA 94114. USA. 

LET'S EXCHANGE NUDE photos, letters; Can- 
ada, USA and abroad. GWM, mid-twenties, well-en- 
dowed, attractive. Drawer D471. 

GREEK PASSIVE, FRENCH ACTIVE, salt-and- 
pepper bearded, moustache, 48, 5'1I" 170 lbs. stable, 
affectionate, caring. Looking for "that special per- 
son." Drawer D475. 

24- YEAR-OLD INDONESIAN male adores GWMs. 
Write, send picture to Theo, Eriangga Barat 11/ 3, 
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Visit me! 



National 



SINCERE GWM. 40, seeks gay pen pals everywhere. 
21-40. Hobbies: art, antiques. Photo appreciated. All 
answered. Ron Oakland. Box 606, Eston. SK 
SOL lAO. 



British Columbia 



GWM, ATTRACTIVE, 5'8" 145 lbs, seeks GM. 
around my own age (29) who wants sincere friend- 
ship, possible relationship. Dislike bar, club scenes. 
Oh, have beard, hairy chest. Prefer active greek men. 
New Westminster is my home. Drawer D272. 



MOVING TO KELOWNA? Seeking gay male to 
share life. Essential — professional /executive level, 
nonsmoker. nondrinker, interested settUng down and 
monogamous relationship. Am GWM, in middle 
years, gentle, enthusiastic, happy, healthy, quiet- 
living, holistic, enjoy outdoors. Lots to offer. Recent- 
ly come out. a gay father, accepted fully by grown 
family and former wife. Lived Kelowna over 20 years. 
Interested in someone similar circumstances — ma- 
ture, stable, love-life individual, a winner. Let's get 
acquainted. Inquiries acknowledged. Drawer D427. 

GWM, 35. SEEKS SAME who has or wants to return 
to the land to homestead and a one-on-one relation- 
ship. Reply drawer D490. 



Vancouver 



22 TURNING 30: multiply-employed and/or 
honours student since age 12. Model. Gay activist. 
Lonely, bitter and twisted with panache. Aiming for 
the rails. Is there anybody out there? Memo from 
Earth may get same. Drawer D4I7. 

HOT. HAIRY-CHESTED. WELL-BUILT male 28. 
5'9" 140 lbs. mascuHne, greek active seeks muscular 
hairy bodybuilders. Want to meet intelligent men with 
sense of humour. Also, correspondence and photo ex- 
change from anywhere. Drawer D421. 

NORTH SHORE MAN, 39. 5'10" 160 lbs seeksquiet. 
affectionate, friendly man for intimate evenings. Ray 
988-1021. 



Alberta 



ATTRACTIVE GWM, 6'2" 175 lbs. 31, seeks GWM, 
25-35. for sincere friendship, possible relationship, i 
am a nonsmoker who enjoys the outdoors, music and 
theatre, and open to others. Your photo gets mine. 
Drawer D143. 

PEACE COUNTRY — FAIRVIEW — GWM. eariy 
30s, well-established, very discreet, would like to meet 
same to age 40 for sex and possible relationship. 
Photo appreciated but not required. Drawer D413. 

BANFF. ATTRACTIVE, INTELLIGENT GWM. 
30. 5'H" 180 lbs. seeking friends, possible relation- 
ship. Would like someone to 35 to cycle and spend hot 
summer afternoons with. Photo appreciated. Drawer 
D491. 



Edmonton 



DISCREET GAY MALE, 30. seeks others for friend- 
ship or possible relationship. Phone number appreci- 
ated. Drawer D378. 



Calgary 



LONELY YOUNG GWM awaiting someone to feel 
my echoes of loneliness and heartbeats of love; fear is 
the dread that we might not meet and remain alone. 
All sincere replies, preferably with photo, phone an- 
swered. Strictly confidential. Drawer D411. 



Saskatchewan 



LOOKING FOR FRIEND/LOVER. Is there some- 
one out there who still believes in simple love and af- 
fection? I'm 42. tall, dark and considered good-look- 
ing, beard and moustache. My sexual tastes are quite 
conventional, not into bondage or S/M. Love to cud- 
dle. Will answer all. I live in the Saskatoon area. 
Drawer D263. 

GWM. 35, 5'10" 190 lbs. brown, masculine, seeking 
friend 20 to 45 approx to share friendship, affection 
and mutual projects. I like music, travel, am 
technical-minded — alternate energy. Like kinky sex, 
WS. Also have 40 acres of land in the east 1 want to 
develop with someone's help. Write to Bernard. 
Drawer D481. 

MY FANTASY IS to provide another man with ex- 
pert french on a regular basis where there is absolutely 
no reciprocation. I am 29. 5'9" 140 lbs. Please provide 
photo and means of contact. Regina. D489. 



Northern Ontario 



MALE. 50. 6' 175 lbs. masculine, seeks other males 
over 40 for friendship. Varied interests, can travel. 
Sincere and discreet. Drawer D394. 



Southern Ontario 



IS THERE ANY gay man in Chatham? Mutual dis- 
cretion, honesty, friendship desired. Healthy, warm, 
intelligent, proud to be gay required. Drawer D136. 

32-YEAR-OLD BUSINESSMAN. 5'10" 155 lbs. 
brown / brown, moustache, beard and glasses looking 
for occasional companion. 1 appreciate the value of 
time. Write outlining your idea of my companion and 
functions agreeable to, in detail, and your value. A 
full-length photo will get prime consideration. Pre- 
ferably from Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cam- 
bridge area, but all considered. Drawer D379. 

MASCULINE GWM, 28, SEEKING younger friend 
to share good times. I'm basically a bottom seeking a 
well-hung (enormous?) top to share a comfortable 
home and future in London. Drawer D400. 

GWM, MID 40s, CLEAN, STRAIGHT, masculine 
in appearance, with interests which include good 
music, movies and the outdoors. Have cottage on 
Georgian Bay. Wishes to meet honest and trustworthy 
masculine gay males for lasting friendship. Age, race 
and looks unimportant. Discretion assured and ex- 
pected. Midland, ON. Drawer D425. 
GWM IN FORTIES, 5'I0" 170 lbs. clean, discreet, 
submissive, nudist, interested in serving as slave ser- 



42/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1983 



vant to dominant master: B&D, mild S/M, rubber, 
enjoy bondage while disciplined. Hart Lorge, 8-1590 
King St, Cambridge, ON N3H 3R5. (519) 653-3872. 

Nud e photo upon request. 

GWM, 29, FRIENDLY, HONEST, sincere, 5'10" 200 
lbs seeks hairy, heavy, masculine man, 30-40 for 
friendship and possible relationship. Into conversa- 
tion, beer, music, photography. Not into drugs, bars, 
or one-night stands. Rob, Box 2422, London, ON 

N6A 403. 

MARRIED MALE SEEKS other male. Discretion a 
must. Will answer all ads with a photo. London and 

area. Drawer D459^ 

GWM, 28, 5'8" 145 lbs, sensitive, intelligent, warm. 
Seeks friend same age or younger, any race for friend- 
ship or relationship. Brantford area. Photo and 
phone with letter appreciated. Drawer D474. 
DO YOU VISIT Toronto regularly? GWM looking 
for a stud who really likes to fuck. If you're it, you 
have the technique that proves it and you're not deter- 
red by a partner who is slim but doesn't have the 
flawless beauty of youth. I'm trim, 5'9" 135 lbs, 48, 
clean-shaven and have all my hair (brown). I'm at- 
tractive, agreeable and work in one of the profes- 
sions. You should be trim, a take-charge but warm 
person, and be well-endowed (length better than 
thickness), 21 to 50. No shaggy beard or pot belly. 
Torontonians may also reply. Box 806, Stn F, Toron- 
to, ON M4Y 2N7. 

GWM, 28, 5'H" 175 lbs, rock and roll, concerts, 
travel, joints and good wines, friendly and sensual. 
I'm from Montreal and now living near Windsor. 
Seeking younger friend, slim, no beard, who seeks un- 
derstanding and companionship. I need someone to 
warm my nights and make my days. Free in August 
for whatever.... Photo appreciated but will answer 
all. I'm a researcher and lecturer for a certain univer- 
sity. Into sports cars and good times. Drawer D493. 

GWM. 48, LIKE EXCHANGE fantasy letters, any 
age, any fantasy, raunchier the better. Let's explore 
your homiest, wettest dreams together. Drawer D479. 



Hamilton 



HOT, HORNY AND HUNG. 26-year-old bi male 
seeks fun-loving partner who can handle it all! Photo 
exchange also with all comers. Send photo and frank 
letter to Box 8372, Dundas, ON L9H 5G1. 

GWM, 28, 5'10" 160 lbs, brown hair, moustache, at- 
tractive, professionally employed. Enjoy music, 
theatre, travel, squash /tennis. Monopoly, camping. 
Looking forward to meeting other mature, sincere, 
honest man to 35 for long-term relationship. Photo 
and phone appreciated. Drawer D442. 

YOUNG HAMILTON MALE looking for friends 
and possible lover to share good times. If you're dis- 
creet, serious and looking for someone to share the 
good things in life with (age and race unimportant), 
reply drawer D482 with phone number. 



Toronto 



AFFECTIONATE, BEARDED, EUROPEAN, 
well-built /hung, 35, enjoys fitness, music, movies, 
outdoors, travelling, seeks thoughtful, warm friends 
anywhere, under 35. Photo appreciated. Box 7303, 
Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. 

SLAVE SEEKS LEATHER master with thick horse 
meat who will abuse me. Strip me, lay me out chained, 
shave, whip me, torture tits, balls, beat on, piss on, 
fucked, spit on, humiUated. Will serve any demand- 
ing master. No limits, no fantasies. Service you as you 
order, "sir." Write with full orders. Drawer D348. 



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3RD LEVEL 

979-1044 



VIRGIN, 33, WILLING TO learn from bottom up. 
Looking for hairy, masculine guy, educated, non- 
smoker, affectionate, discreet, who likes companion- 
ship. Athlete, bodybuilder or any. I'm 5'4" 141 lbs. I 
know you're out there somewhere. Send phone num- 
ber to guarantee response. Drawer D347. 

VISITING TORONTO THIS summer. Love to cor- 
respond with Torontonians before visit. Write to Box 
2901, Winnipeg, MB R3C4BS. Thanks. 

LOVING COUPLE, mid-twenties, very attractive 
and athletic: seeks other adventurous, handsome pair 
for encounters in good environment. Write to us. 
Drawer D359. 

CHUBBY CHASERS WHERE are you? Sincere 
GWM, 45, 5'11" brown/blue, baby-faced, closeted, 
loves golf, fishing, long walks, music, movies, seeks 
mature man, clean-shaven, little body hair, straight in 
manner, appearance for friendship and possible rela- 
tionship. Photo and phone appreciated but all an- 
swered. Absolute discretion assured and expected. 
Drawer D362. 

HAIRY. HUNG, BROWN HAIR, bearded, blue 
eyes, 5' 10" 170 lbs, 26, interested in encounters with 
(as)(tall)eror(heav)icrmen. Love to be seduced. Ver- 
satile. Age no barrier. All letters replied, photos re- 
turned. Discreet. If no photo, be descriptive. Drawer 
D423. 

AGAIN! MASCULINE SLAVE wants more bon- 
dage greek, ball twisting from skinny "sissy" types 
(otherwise age/looks unimportant — to us both). 
Miss my first ad? Your second opportunity to be a 
rough stud lop and make me beg to service you! 
Drawer D424. 



ATTRACTIVE VERSATILE MAN, 37 years, 190 
lbs, 6'l", beard, french/greek, active/passive, tired 
of games at bars seeking direct men for encounters. 
Include phone and photo. Drawer D426. 

MUSCULAR LEATHER MASTER wanted under 
35 into B&D, TT, WS, S/M and rough asswork. 1 am 
passive GWM, 23, 6' 165 lbs, very attractive, athletic 
build with hot receptive ass. Please send leather photo 
and phone and I am yours to abuse. Drawer D408. 

AVERAGE-LOOKING GAY MALE, 40s, seeks to 
meet others who are easygoing and fun-loving and 
who enjoy wrestling, swimming, walking etc as well as 
quiet times at home. Discretion assured and expected. 
Phone and photo if possible. Drawer D4I0. 

MATURE AND FINANCIALLY SECURE man 
would like to meet well-hung, slim stud up to 35 years 
for good times. Blacks welcome. Drawer D4I5. 

ARE YOU A HUSKY, dominant top man who would 
like a one-to-one relationship? If so. answer this ad. 
I'm in my 40s. small and stubborn, need a man who 
can handle me. I'm sincere, honest, easygoing, fun- 
loving with lots of TLC for the right man. I'm clean 
and a good cook. There is room for two at my place. 
Come on, let me spoil you. Drawer D414. 

ATTRACTIVE ORIENTAL. 30, professional, 
worldly, varied interests, honest, sincere seeks mascu- 
line, well-built, sophisticated, stable, mature male 
25-39 for sincere friendship and good times. Drawer 
D416. 

OPENLY GAY. 33, seeks same 25-40 for relationship 
(side tricking negotiable). Interests primarily artistic/ 
intellectual. Not into bars/baths, but politically (gay) 
active. Moderate income writer (with cat!). Attractive 
looks are not required (for either of us) but health 
awareness expected. Sexually versatile (no heavy 
S/M, WS etc). Drawer D418. 

GWM, 26, 6'2" 190 lbs, brown eyes, black hair and 
moustache. I am straight-acting and looking, very 
honest, warm, sincere with a good sense of humour, 
enjoy life. I am looking for that eventual one-to-one, 
permanent relation. Write now, let's be friends! 
Drawer D420. 

BALL TORTURE, BONDAGE. Slim greek passive 
needs it bad! Age (over 21) and looks unimportant. 
Can exchange roles — no damage. Drawer D428. 

GWM, ATHLETIC, ENJOYS jerking off. Always 
horny, 6'2" 180 lbs seeks male under 35 to golf and 
sunbathe with. Looking for sexual fun. No long-term 
relationship and nothing kinky, just good clean fun. 
Thanks. Drawer D44I. 

TOGETHER GWM, 5'10" 31, intelligent, attractive, 
high-profile, professional. Active and involved, pref- 
erence for social or recreational outings. Follows the 
sun, well-read and travelled, interested in biking, ski- 
ing, hiking, the arts, food and wine and good compa- 
ny, would Uke to meet others who are career -oriented, 
stable, similar age to share some mutual interests and 
flexible enough to discover new experience. Drawer 
D436. 

WHITE MALE, 40s, MASCULINE, seeks affec- 
tionate, greek passive, black lover. Drawer D088. 

STUD AVAILABLE. GOOD-LOOKING GWM, 22, 
5'H" 145 lbs, dark features, athletic body is available 
for hot sessions with generous men to 40. You name it, 
we'll do it. JO, sucking, fucking, 69, wrestling, top, 
bottom, denim, leather, B&D. (No S/M, FF). Drawer 
D370. 

SNEAKERS. Young, good-looking, athletic dude 
seeking others turned on by guys in sneakers. Photo 
appreciated but unnecessary. Confidentiality assur- 
ed. Write! Drawer D373. 

WHITE MALE. 30s, 170 lbs, bisexual with a hot ass 
and into B&D. Seek well-hung guy. Will answer if you 
respond. Drawer D375. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE CHINESE male, 27, cultured 
and successful, seeks romantic involvement with 
handsome and interesting male under 35. Photo ap- 
preciated. Drawer D387. 

ATTRACTIVE MALE, 41, ESTABLISHED profes- 
sional, medium build, seeks young, stable, gay male 
to 30 for friendship and get-togethers. Experience or 
race not important. Photo appreciated but not essen- 
tial. Reply with phone number. Drawer D388. 

WS IN LEVI'S. GWM, blond, 25, 6' 175 lbs, clean- 
shaven enjoys drinking beer with same and letting go 
in our Levi's, briefs, etc. I am sincere, affectionate 
and would enjoy hearing from you. Let's get wet to- 
gether. Discretion assured. Drawer D382. 

BLACK MALE WANTED, hopefully he will be slim 
but muscular, dominant but not rough, greek active, 
sports-minded, intelligent, looking for a 39-year-old 
GWM who is attraaive, interesting and fun. I am a 
tall, athletic man who is both sensitive and shy. 1 live 
by myself in north Scarborough and work as an engi- 
neer. Write to me. Take a chance. You won't be sorry. 
Box 2647. Station F. Scarborough, ON MIW 3P2. 

PROSPECTOR (AMATEUR), 56, seeking compa- 
nion with similar interests, age, experience unimpor- 
tant. Health, endurance, honesty essential. Gold 
prospecting mainly. Drawer D435. 

ARE THERE ANY romantics out there? This ro- 
mantic hopes so. Intelligent, warm, sincere, mature 
35, GWM would like to hear from others who want a 
relationship where you are not afraid to give because 
you know you'll receive. 6'2" 190 lbs, brown hair, 
moustache. Interests include enjoyment of life with a 
mature, sincere man who has accepted himself. All re- 
plies answered. Photo and phone appreciated. Draw- 
er D434. 

GWM. 25, 5'10" 146 lbs, good-looking, intelligent, 
honest. Into computers, electronics, music, art. 
Looking for slim, good-looking GWM, 20-30, mas- 
culine, but nol hairy, for encounter or relationship. 
Some common inlcrcsl preferred in latter case. Draw- 
er D433. 



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IF YOU BELIEVE that sex is pure, sensual pleasure 
and lots of fun leading to light-hearted good times 
then let's get together. I'm 33, 5'8" 140 lbs, dark com- 
plexioned, agile, strong, haio'. considered attractive 
and own a pair of hot, firm, tight buns which enjoy 
the company of thick and juicy tools that love to pene- 
trate a glorious orifice. Drawer D431. 

MALE, 39, 5'H" 165 lbs, good shape. Professional in 
creative field. Interests: jogging, cycling, writing, 
films, nightlife, travel. Happy with my lot and want to 
share it with someone positive, husky, fit, 40 or under. 
Drawer D432. 

MALE, STUDENT, 21, 5'9" 175 lbs, inexperienced, 
new to Toronto and interested in the arts, seeks intelli- 
gent and mature male for possible sensitive relation- 
ship. Please reply, stating phone number. Drawer 
D446. 

WAhTTED: HOT, AGGRESSIVE, enormous, pul- 
sarating shafts for passionate, unlimited, submissive, 
eager buns. Any age. I'm WM, slim, 5'9". Private, 
discreet, anyone interested. Reply with phone num- 
ber. Drawer D447. 

GWM,24, 5'8" 150 lbs looking for friend /lover, one- 
to-one if mutual, Toronto and Canada/USA. Photo 
a must. If your motives are strictly sexual, I will not 
accommodate you. I know I can give more to the right 
man (men) if given the opportunity. Once again if mu- 
tual. Inmates welcome. Drawer D448. 

WHITE MALE, 30, BROWN hair, clean-shaven, 
nonsmoker, sensitive and affectionate. Don't enjoy 
the bar or bath scene and would like to meet a man to 
age 40 who is sincere and interested in a possible rela- 
tionship. Varied interests including movies, theatre 
and travel. Will answer all. Phone number appreciat- 
ed. Drawer D449. 

STRAIGHT-LOOKING, INEXPERIENCED 
GWM, clean-cut, boyish 23, ok-looking but skinny 
(5'10" 135 lbs); enjoys movies, music (Mahler/ 
Mozan as well as Bowie), theatre, opera. Tired of 
waiting on the sidelines. Seeks similar for friendship 
etc. If you are the one, you know this ad is the one — 
go for it. Discretion assured. Letter (photo gets mine). 
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ATTRACTIVE. DARK-HAIRED male, 26, 5'8' 
nonsmoker would like to meet attractive, well-built 
blonds. Photo and phone number appreciated. 
Drawer D450. 

YOUNG 45, LIKES 69, has many afternoons and odd 
evenings to meet friends with the same likes and inter- 
ests. Likes country music, non-smoker and drinker, 
would like to meet men any age or colour for fun and 
general relaxing get-togethers. Photo and phone ap- 
preciated, will return when we meet. Reply Box 144, 
Station Q. Toronto, ON M4T 2L7. 

GWM, 26, 6'4" 190 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, mous- 
tache, good humour and outlook on life with hobbies 
from music, cooking, looking for possible relation- 
ship. From ages 23 to 36. I am straight-acting and 
-looking. Will answer if you respond. Drawer D3I2. 

A MOST HANDSOME (not conceited) GQ type 
male seeks new spring and summer friend to chum 
around with. Garth 922-8484. 

I AM INTERESTED in meeting attractive Orientals 
who would enjoy good limes with attractive GWM, 
trim beard, pleasam personality. Drawer D451. 

YOW! MALE, 28. DOWNTOWN, has an uncon- 
Irollable urge to suck cocks. Would you like to lie 
back and let me do the work? Evening or weekend get- 
togethers. Age not im|X)rtanl. Phone and photo ap- 
preciated but not necessary. Discretion assured. 
Drawer D452. 

MISSISSAUGA MIDDLE-AGED gay man looking 
for hot young men to 25 for boats, video, mutual 
pleasure. Clean-shaven, no hustlers. Phone number 
for good time. Drawer D453. 

GOOD-LOOKINGORIENTAL,broadminded,nice 
body, personality and million-dollar smile would like 
to meet GWMs who are just a little bit kinky. Prefer 
mature person, 25-40. Drawer D455. 

ATTRACTIVE. YOUNG-LOOKING GWM, 
stable, 31, slim, 5'7" brown hair, moustache, hazel 
eyes, seeks taller, mature, honest male, down-to-eanh 
for quiet get-togethers. Qeanliness and discretion as- 
sured. Box 237. Stn G, Toronto, ON M4M 3G7. 

HAVE I GOT a man for you! Jewish, gay. 29 years. 
5'10" 150 lbs, dark hair/moustache, intelligent, affec- 
tionate, sensitive. And for just a short letter! Drawer 
D456. 

CHUBBY GWM, 32. 6'2" very strong and masculine 
seeks athletic buddy into outdoor activities and wrest- 
ling (professional and amateur). Drawer D457. 

HOT COPS WANTED (25-40) by hot, butch guy, 28, 
for hot times. Friendly roughstuff, no S/M. Striaest 
privacy observed. Drawer D458. 



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MAY 1983 



TWO GUYS, 20s, wish to meet others, bi or gay for 
fun times. Under 40, call after 7 pm. 536-1030. 

REALISTIC AND ROMANTIC gay in mid-Ufe 
seeks others who also are fun-loving, warm and to- 
gether for sex and other good times. I am open, polit- 
ical and have sense of humour but dislike prejudiced 
people. Replies to Box 850, Stn P, Toronto, ON 

M5S 2Z2. 

MALE PROFESSIONAL, 29, 6'r' 165 lbs, mascu- 
line, loving, caring seeks together man same age or 
younger. Can you handle a mutually supportive rela- 
tionship? Photo appreciated. Drawer D460. 



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(416)534-7951. 



GENTLE, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, energetic male 
seeks attractive, affectionate, sincere, educated coun- 

camping, Bloor Cinema, Shaw, Stratford, 25-40. Box 

286, Stn P. Toronto. ON M5S 2S8. 

TALL, PROFESSIONAL, 38, 6'6" 195 lbs wishes to 
meet young men over 21 for hot times, spanking, dis- 
cipline or whatever. Drawer D462. 

GWM, 31, 5'5" brown hair, beard, very attractive 
professional. Spiritually sick of Toronto's bars. Like 
to meet one very special guy for long-term relation- 
ship. Prefer someone attractive but not conceited, 
nonsmoker, non-neurotic, monogamous and orient- 
ed to commitment and growth. Wide range of inter- 
ests, sensitivity and good humour appreciated. If 
your motives are strictly sexual, please do not answer 
this ad. Dr awer D369. 

GWM, 38, 6' 165 lbs, professional, masculine, with 
sense of humour, wishes to form long-term relation- 
ship based on affection, sincerity, integrity, sharing 
good and bad times, and a desire to learn from one an- 
other with like-minded male, 24 to 40. Interested in 
political and social issues, the arts and travel, among 
others. Am most sincere in placing this ad, as respon- 
dent you are equally sincere. Photo and phone appre- 
ciated. Drawer D464. 



PROFESSIONAL GUY, 35, S'lO" 170 lbs, mous- 
tache, classical-music lover, very reliable, own town- 
house in pleasant residential area, seeks that special 
guy for monogamous relationship. Nonsmoker only. 

Drawer D470. 

MALE, 32, 6' DARK HAIR, moustache, 155 lbs 
seeks affectionate, intelligent men for friendship and 
having fu n. Drawer D469. 

ATTRACTIVE ORIENTAL MALE. Professional, 
35, 5'8" 150 lbs seeks classical-music lover, 25-45, for 

concerts and f riendship. Drawer D472. 

GOOD-LOOKING, RESPONSIBLE MAN with 
great sense of humour would hke to meet man, 23-35, 
of Mediterranean descent. I am 26, fit, well-travelled, 
5'8" 140 lbs and enjoy tennis, cycling, movies and re- 
laxing with friends. Photo appreciated but not essen- 
tial. Drawer D477. 

SERIOUS SWIMMER, 36, 5'10" 155 lbs, short and 
middle distance freestyler, seeks freestyler up to 
senior level for training partner and good times. Am 
into workouts, smooth bodies, pecs and greek. Box 
361, Stn Q, Toronto, ON. 

CHESS TUTOR? GMW would like weekly meeting 
with competent, above average chess player, who is 
willing to help me improve my average game. Able to 
pay, if desired. My place, downtown, or yours, if 
within easy TTC access. Obviously our mutual vital 
statistics are inconsequential, but if you are concern- 
ed, I am WASP, cultured, intelligent, discreet and 
stable. Your mother would approve! Drawer D478. 

INTELLIGENT GWM, 20 YEARS, 6'r' 185 lbs 
seeks same for meaningful relationship. Not into bar 
scene, iust out of drug scene. Audiophile and music 

lOVCI, 1 live lU 3iiai\. 1. . , __;^^ 

Student, hate personal ads but need a friend 
possible. Drawer D384. 



ORIENTALS AND LATINS. GWM located in Tor- 
onto, very masculine, looking for hot and creative 
times with good-looking Orientals and Latins (fems 
especially welcome). Let's explore each other and 
maybe try some creative things. Photo and phone to: 
Box 5309, Stn A, Toronto. ON M5W 1N6. 

MALE, 36, VERY SUBMISSIVE, into S/M, B&D, 
WS and boot-licking, digs kinky sex. Always willing 
to please. Drawer D269. 



Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Spend a pleasant vacation at the 

LAUDERDALE MANOR 300 ft. from our 

beautiful beach. Party at the world-famous 

Martin Beach Hotel next door and come 

back to a quiet and friendly atmosphere. 

Modestly priced hotel rooms, efficiencies 

and apartments with color TV. New pool in 

our tropical garden and BBQ. Call or write 

Lauderdale Manor Motel, 2926 Valencia St. 

Fort Lauderdale. Fla 33316 

Tel: (305) 463-3385 



SUGAR-DADDY WANTED by black stud, 31, 5'8" 
150 lbs straight-looking and -acting, yet active and 
passive. I drink, smoke, love movies and toys. Phone 
number and recent photo if possible. Write now. 
"Robin." Drawer D454. 

TALL GWM, 35. businessman, seeks a friend or 
companion. Iam6'6" 195 lbs. masculine. Age or race 
not important, but business-minded a definite asset. 
Photo and phone to: Box 5309, Stn A, Toronto. ON 
M5W 1N6. 

STOP DREAMING ABOUT cruising around town 
in a sports car, or suntanning with a handsome male. 
Box 921. Stn A. Toronto, ON M5W 1G7. 

DOMINANT, TALL, HANDSOME, middle-aged, 
professional guy seeks slim, passive and obedient 
young man in need of strict discipline, firm controls 
and regular training in oral service. Sincerity and de- 
cency are absolutely essential. Drawer D492. 



Eastern Ontario 



MALE EXECUTIVE, YOUNG 47. 6' 185 lbs. bisex- 
ual, very clean seeks traveller for discreet occasional 
meetings, correspondence. Peterborough-Lindsay 
area. Drawer D488. 



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HAIRY MALE, HOT ass, seeks articulate, persuas- 
ive, hung topman who knows the ropes. Uniform or 
harness will turn on and a touch of leather is always in- 
teresting. 38, 5 '9" 165 lbs, moustache. Your photo re- 
turned with my reply. Drawer D465. 

STICK YOUR BUNS in my face. Slim, masculine, at- 
tractive, well-endowed 30 wants to drown in ass. 



LL's Painting & Decorating 

Wallpapering & repairs 

Louis Leveille 255-7518 

2307 Lakeshore Blvd W - Suite 201 
Toronto Ont M8V f A6 



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fessional guy, 34, 6'1 



who is well-educated arid en- 



PROFESSIONAL GWM, 45, 6' 185 lbs, hirsute 
body, nonsmoker, nondrinker looking for sincere 
Oriental male for friendship and possible relation- 
ship. Interests: travelling, music, photography. 
Drawer D486. 

TIRED OF THE bar scene? So is this 29-year-old 
male. I am considered sincere, easygoing, warm and 
humorous. I have Uved in several parts of the world 
and have varied interests. If you want something 
more fulfilling that a one-night stand, get in touch. 
Photo ensures reply. Drawer D487. 



joys making love would like to develop a long-term 
caring relationship. I enjoy the country, champagne, 
exotic holidays, dancing and getting into old clothes 
sometimes to have a beer. I'd really appreciate a letter 
and photo from someone. Drawer D468. 
VERY ATTRACTIVE, CLEAN male bi-model, 
5'H" 35, 160 lbs, brown eyes and hair, very under- 
standing. Wishes to entertain the mature and finan- 
cially secure. Let me be your plaything for a weekend 
or evening. Total discretion assured. Write to Ben, 
drawer D 333. 

HOT, HUNG, SUBMISSIVE gay male. 38, 6'l" 190 
lbs, seeks butch /masters for any fantasy scene. Enjoy 
denim, jocks, dominance and watersports. Write with 
photo to Suite 030-240, 61 Front St W, Toronto, ON 
M5J IE6. 

MALE EXECUTIVE, 39, ATTRACTIVE, mascu- 
line, WASP, looking for an intelligent, attractive, 
masculine male to care about. All repUes answered. 
Jason. Drawer D340. 



TEACHER, 40, WISHES TO meet young students 
for discreet relation. Likes jogging, plants, classical 
music. Blacks, Chinese, whites welcome. Drawer 
D419. 

FRENCH-CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL, roman- 
tic, discreet, affectionate. 30, 6' 165 lbs looking for 
sincere friend 18-40. Please include phone, details, 
photo if possible — mine assured in return. Drawer 
D430. 

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bondage games. Interest in leather/rubber and toys a 
plus. Age, race unimportant. Drawer D437. 



Piano Tuning & Repair 

There's a reason. I don'l write 'Piano Techni- 
cian" after my name because I'm loo pretentious 
to say "piano tuner." I studied for two years in 
order to use the term honestly. There's a reason. 

lames Tennyson, Piano Technician. 
333 Clinton St, Toronlo. 533-9804. 



GWM, 35, BROWN HAIR, brown eyes, moderately 
good shape, seeks friendship with someone between 
21 and 40. Orientals and Middle-Eastern guys espe- 
cially welcome, but will answer all. Drawer D440. 

BAD BOY, 20s, 140 lbs, needs spankings never receiv- 
ed as teenaged brat. Seeks disciplinarian with paddle, 
strap. Give me your age, interests and requirements. 
Drawer D480. 



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Quebec 



MALE ARTIST, 35, career-minded, seeks beneficial 
and /or happy contact. Clermont, 132 Parent eau, St- 
Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 3V8. 



Montreal 



ASIAN MALE, 22, 5'6" 125 lbs, bilingual, beautiful, 
seeks GWM for fun and friendship. Reply to Nguyen, 
9545 La Jeunesse, Apt 23, Montreal, QC or phone 
514-381-7154. 



New Brunswick 



LONELY GWM, 20s, tall, dark, slim, likes outdoors 
and quiet times. Wants friends and pen pals, regional 
and anywhere. Anthony Wallace, Perth, RRl, NB 
EOJ IVO. 



Nova Scotia 



CITY MOUSE EMERGING as rural gay; the closet 
inhibits — any country gays in Nova Scotia? Any net- 
working? Hazelton, 2125 Brunswick, Halifax, NS 
B3K 2Y4. 

GWM, 26, 160 pounds, wants to meet someone be- 
tween 18-26 for fun, good times and possible relation- 
ship. Write me and tell me about yourself. Picture if 
possible. All replies answered. I want to hear from 
honest, sincere men from anywhere, even those who 
wish to be pen pals. Drawer D409. 

SAINT JOHN SAILOR, GWM, 30, 5'5" 140 lbs, 
looking for a sensitive man, 21-30 to share leisure time 
exploring town, country, nightlife and quiet times to- 
gether. Pen pals too. Drawer D483. 

HOT, HANDSOME, PROFESSIONAL GUY, 32, 
5'H" 155 lbs, seeks masculine, aggressive straights, 
bis, gays who need a buddy with a hot ass and talented 
throat. Discreet with own apartment. Detailed letter 
to: Allan, Box 172, Stn M, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4. 

ROMANTIC MALE, EARLY 40s, 5'n" and consid- 
ered attractive, creative, artistic. Would like to meet 
warm, affectionate, humorous companion, either 
gay or bi, for pleasant times, good food, theatre, trav- 
el. Discretion important. Photo appreciated. Drawer 
D476. 

PROFESSIONAL, 30s, variety of interests, new to 
Halifax, tired of working long hours, would like to 
relax with other professionals. Drawer D485. 



Messages 



WHATEVER HAPPENED TO George Evert Klip- 
pert? The Body PoUtic is interested in hearing from 
anyone who has information concerning this man. 
Klippert's case was instrumental in influencing the 
1969 Criminal Code reforms and his story should be 
told. Anyone with information should write to TBP, 
Box 7289, Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 1X9, or call 
(416) 977-6320 and ask for Ed, Chris or Craig. Confi- 
dentiality assured. 

JOHNATHAN, ALL I needed was the love you gave, 
all I needed for another day, and all 1 ever knew, only, 
you. Happy birthday babe and thank you. Love, 
Alcibiades. 



Homes 



Brantford 



BEAUTIFUL 15-ROOM HOUSE. Share with GM 
couple. Furnished or unfurnished bedsitting room, 
bath. Laundry, microwave, dishwasher, weightroom, 
fireplace, cable, parking, patio, large private lot. 
Rent negotiable. Nonsmoker? Drawer D398. 



Hamilton 



GWM, 23, 5*9" 160 lbs moving to Hamilton in Sep- 
tember. I'm interested in sharing an apartment, pref- 
erably close to McMaster. Drawer D429. 



Georgetown 



SHARE APARTMENT WITH white male over thir- 
ty under fifty must be discreet. Quiet residence. 
Georgetown, ON. Send particulars. Drawer D353. 



Toronto 



SEEKING YOUNG LESBIAN, stable but zany, for 
pleasant , south Riverdale mixed gay house. For May 1 
or sooner. $275/month plus food. 461-9188. 

GAY MALE, 29, ARRIVING Toronto in late June to 
do post-grad work at U of T seeks accommodation: 
very small flat or shared house, own room, with gay 
people. Nonsmoker. Draw er D352. 

SPACE AVAILABLE IN lesbian house. Bloor- 
Christie area. $250/month. No smokers or Cadillacs 
please. 537-8752 5-6 pm or after 10 pm. 

SPACIOUS 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT to share 
with gay male in Don Mills. Own bedroom (seeking 
roommate only). Located near Don Valley Parkway 
and 401. Ideal for student at York University or 
Seneca College. Drawer D4I2. 

ESTABLISHED MALE COUPLE will share large, 
beautiful Beaches home with quiet, retired male. 
Nominal rent, light housekeeping. Near TTC. 
694-7436. 

TWO-BEDROOM CABBAGETOWN apartment to 
share June I. $260 per month. 922-8965. 

YOUTHFUL. GENTLE MAN seeks younger person 
to share cheery townhome. Central. You should like 
classical music, good movies/plays, small dog and 
me. Affordable rent for employed person or univcr- 
sity student. Own room. A sian preference. D473. 

PARLIAMENT/ WELLESLEY l-bedroom renovat^- 
ed, completely furnished basement apartment. J450. 
924-0863. 



YONGE/CARLTON, apartment to share. Non- 
smoking gay couple, 21 and 55, seek professional or 
student gay male. Facilities include own room and 
bath, cable TV, laundry, swimming pool, squash 
courts, full gym. Available May/Oct. 977-6310. 

ROSEDALE FLAT TO SHARE. Male professional 
in his 30s seeks same to share two-bedroom flat . Rent 
includes your own partial washroom, cable TV and 
free use of laundry facilities. Other features: air-con- 
ditioning, dishwasher, cleaning woman, use of 
screened verandah. On quiet street, three minutes 
away from subway. Call: 920-7513 from 11:00 am to 
10:00 pm. 

YONGE-COLLEGE, UNFURNISHED bedroom to 
rent to gay male in two-bedroom apt. Share kitchen 
and bath only, hustler most welcome, $320/month, 
$80/weekly, first and last. "Luke," Box 1042, Stn F, 
Toronto, ON M4Y 2T7. 

WANTED: QUIET PERSON to share small down- 
town house with owner. Tenant has upstairs apart- 
ment with bathroom, loft, etc, and shares downstairs 
kitchen and garden. Separate entrance. Available first 
May or June. $275 and utilities. Michael, 366-5343. 

FIVE FAGGOTS INTO left-wing politics looking for 
a sixth person who Is well-organized, light-hearted, 
into communal responsibilities, cooking, political 
discussion and who would enjoy living in a downtown 
communal house. 368-4392. 

IN CABBAGETOWN. LARGE l-bedroom above 
store, approximately 900 square feet, carpeted 
throughout, private entrance, parking available. Gay 
only. $500 + half utilities. 968-0025 anytime. 



Oshawa 



MALE, 27, CLEAN, QUIET, non-smoker, college 
grad seeks small apartment or shared accommodation 
from June 1. Durham College area preferred. Drawer 
D392. 



Kingston 



QUEENS, ST LAWRENCE, furnished accommoda- 
tion for discreet student or overnight traveller; down- 
town, six-room, ground floor, older house, conven- 
ient, garden, recreation. Drawer D438. 



Travel 



BOSTON'S ONLY ALL-GAY, all-new place to stay. 
Immaculate, perfect location, private or shared 
baths, complimentary continental breakfast and 
cocktail set-ups. Oasis, 22 Edgerly Rd, Boston, MA 
02115, USA. (617) 267-2262. One of the inn places. 

SIR! FORT LAUDERDALE has 21 bars but only one 
convenient downtown guesthouse $77-140 weekly. 
Free bar map: call afternoons 305-463-1756, Sir 
Guesthouse, 705 SE Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, 
FL 33301, USA. 

ALEXANDER'S — A true guesthouse with well- 
appointed, private accommodations; pool and sun- 
decks. Reasonable rates include daily continental 
breakfast and social hour. 1118 Fleming Street, Key 
West, FL 33040, USA. (305) 294-9919. 

BEGIN YOUR VACATION in Brighton, England's 
gay summer resort. Only twenty minutes Gatwick, 
one hour London. A warm welcome awaits with Bud- 
dies Hotel, 8 Pool Valley, Brighton. (0273) 727689. 
Booking facilities available for your further travel 
needs. 

MONTSERRAT, W I. Come and enjoy our unspoil- 
ed island. Loblolly Villa offers simple luxury over- 
looking the Caribbean Sea. Minutes from the beach 
and all other activities, we offer moderately priced 
rooms, pool, and tantalizing meals. Call or write: 
Loblolly Villa, c/o Paul Lavoie, 538 College Av W, 
Guelph, ON NIG 1T5. Tel: 1-519-824-8775. 

PROVINCETOWN — FREE DIRECTORY for 

gay/lesbian tourist. Write: Provincetown Business 
Guild, Box 421-P, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA. 

PROVINCETOWN'SWATERSHIPINN— Charm- 
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resort. Low off-season rates. Most rooms private 
bath. (617) 487-0094. Box 918, Provincetown, MA 
02657, USA. 

NOVA SCOTIA. LOVETT LODGE. B & B. A fine 
Victorian residence with comfortable period an- 
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County, NS BOS IBO. (902) 467-3917. 



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Groups 



TRICKS ARE A PLEASURE, but Real Magic does 
belter. D4il Dhraoithe Aeracha / Assembly of Gay 
Druids. 964-0691 (6-7 pm). 

FLUTIST WANTS TO join or help create amateur 
ensemble playing baroque — 20th century music. If 
your ensemble needs a flute or you want to help start 
one (and your interest principally musical) please call 
Thys 762-1510. 



Recreation 



ECOKK.I.SI/FHOIOGRAPHER, 27. male seeks 
playful companions with experience for extended and 
strenuous wilderness jaunis in remote parts of British 
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Work 



HOUSEBOY/SERVANT REQUIRED live in. Com- 
plete domestic service in return for room and board, 
OHIP and small allowance. You must be nonsmoker, 
slim, masculine, athletic and /or muscular. Docility 
and obedience essential. No drugs. Secure, stable, 
family home. Box 153, Stn A, Toronto, ON 
M5W IB2. 

TRAVEL AGENCY ESTABLISHING soon seeks 
manager eager to participate in development of same. 
Minimum three years active CTC experience requir- 
ed. Forward rfeumt and salary expectations to Draw- 
cr D443. 

WANTED: BODYBUILDER to teach me bodybuild- 
ing. I've never lifted a weight in my life and I'd prefer 
personal, one-to-one instruction and supervision, 
something which neither gymnasiums nor books on 
the subject seem to provide. Rates are negotiable. 
Write drawer D461. 

MALE, 21, seeks employment in Toronto area. Bi- 
lingual (English /French), some typing (40 wpm), ex- 
perience in office procedures and retail management. 
Fast learner, pleasant manner, good at dealing with a 
wide range of people. Act fast! Drawer D444. 

BUSY WEST-END FLOWERSHOP has a reward- 
ing, low-paying part-time (25-30 hours) position 
available for bright, energetic, sales-oriented, 
talented person. Days, evenings and Saturdays. 
Knowledge of flowers, plants and previous retail ex- 
perience a definite asset. For interview, call Patrick or 
Bill at 236-1041. Avant Garden Florist. 

SALES REPRESENTATIVES WANTED: sell exot- 
ic lingerie and love aids through home parties. Earn 
high commission while having fun. Call Kim 
276-6411. 

WANTED: RELIABLE, ENERGETIC, young man 
with a feel for gardening to help build a landscape gar- 
dening business. Drawer D484. 

SALES REPS WANTED. For exclusive territories in 
Ontario and east. Full-time, part-time, high commis- 
sions. Inquiries to TM Distributors, Box 5309, Stn A, 
Toronto, ON M5W 1N6. 



Services 



Edmonton 



MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY by Registered 
Therapist. Matthew Shumaker. Relaxation and 
therapeutic treatments. 11 am to 8 pm. Appointments 
(403) 454-3079, 104-11817-123 St, Edmonton AB. 



Toronto 



MANUAL THERAPY, CRANIOSACRAL tech- 
niques and Swedish massage. Nancy Jsme Sinclair, 
registered therapist. Treatments $15-$30. 535-0426. 

SOLSTICE. GAY ASTROLOGICAL and tarot con- 
sultations. 463-9688. 

FRIENDS, ROMANS and countrymen, I will rent 
you my ear. Professional listener — Please call Warren 
922-8484 — for info and rates. 

MASTER LOCKSMITH and advanced apprentice 
electrician (Engineer) available for residential and in- 
dustrial/commercial work. Free estimates and best 
rates in town. Fully bonded and insured, references 
available. Call Don Brand, 466-7606 evenings. 

MASSAGE BY REGISTERED therapist. 7 days a 
week by appointment. Tor. Bathurst and St Clair. Mr 
Fung, RM. 536-6806. 

WE WANT WORK. Drywall, painting, insulation, 
floor-sanding, carpentry and cabinet-making. Refer- 
ences. Quality at reasonable rates. Richard 535-0949. 



Planning, research & design 

With degrees in Environmental Design and 
Architecture, six years' experience in facilities 
planning, research and design, I can assist with 
your small-scale residential and commercial 
renovations and additions 

Cordon K. Stone, B.£.D., 8. Arch., Consultant 
Box 424, Stn F, Toronto M4Y 2LB 924-9061 



DRIVEN AUTOMATIC 6 years, perfect record. 
Would someone teach me standard? Can exchange 
services, cleaning, gardening etc. I'm GWM, 26. 
Drawer D471. 

EXPERIENCED GARDENER: LET me do your 
spring clean-up, planting, maintenance, etc. Person- 
alized service. Reasonable rates. Call Dennis today 
964-0950, 

MANIFOLD SERVICES — HOUSEKEEPING at 
reasonable rates. References available. For more in- 
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Prisoners 



A NOTE TO PRISONERS who wish to have pen pals 
— Metropolitan Community Church is offering a 
pen-pal service to men and women prisoners through 
the church's prison ministry. The address is Prison 
Ministry, 730 Bathurst St. Toronto. ON M5S 2R4. 

GAY INMATES and young prisoners threatened 
with sexual exploitation, in institutions throughout 
the USA and Canada, benefit from the work of the 
Prometheus loundation. You can help by joining the 
Pen-Pal Group or any of several other vital pro- 
grammes. For information and a copy of hire! the 
Foundation newsletter, send self-addres.scd. stamped 
envelope to: Prometheus, 495 Ellis Si, No 2352, San 
Francisco, CA 94102. USA. 



WRITING TO PRISON inmates has risks as well as 
rewards. Some prisoners are sincere, others are con 
artists. Proceed very carefully by checking with 
authorities or The Prometheus Foundation. Report 
rip-offs and attempts to Prometheus, which aids gay 
and young prisoners, and also protects against prison 
rip-offs. For information about the Pen-Pal Group 
and other programmes, send SASE (contributions 
optional) to: Prometheus, 2352, 495 Ellis St, San 
Francisco, CA 94102, USA. 

LEFT BANK BOOKS sponsors a Books For Prison- 
ers project. Through donations and a postage grant 
we are able to send free miscellaneous books to in- 
mates everywhere, (provided an institution allows 
them in). We offer special order books at cost (usually 
35-40% ofO. Prisoners and other interested persons 
should write: Books For Prisoners, Box A, 92 Pike St, 
Seattle, WA 98101, USA. 

WELl^ENDOWED GWM, 25, 180 lbs, blond hair, 
6'1" hazel eyes. I need to share my present and future 
life with someone that I can love. SASE requested for 
any and all replies. James G Hanna, 152-169, Box 
45699, LucasviUe, OH 45699, USA. 

I WOULD VERY much wish to have a pen pal. I'm 
28,6'1" 183 lbs. I love being gay and would appreciate 
any correspondence. Benton L Hanan, 98140, Con- 
ners Correctional Center, Star Route B, Box 220, 
Hominy, OK 74035, USA. 

DISCREET, WARM, AFFECTIONATE, 36-year- 
old, 5'H" 170 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, Armenian 
needs young, tender, slender, shy, very affectionate 
gay who is discreet with a boyish face and body not 
over 5'10" and 125 lbs. Richard L Jendrian, 
01639-095, Box 4000, Springfield, MO 65802, USA. 

WHITE MALE, 26, 170 lbs, 6'2" caring, honest, 
seeks all down-to-earth and for-real people. Lonely 
inmate in prison, desires correspondence. Whoever 
would care to brighten my gray days and nights of 
loneliness may pick up a pen and write to me at t he fol- 
lowing address. Will answer all letters. Roger 
McLearran, 166-261. Box 45699. LucasviUe, OH 
45699-0001, USA. 

LONELY INMATE, 5'I0" 170 lbs, Cherokee Indian 
in prison 11 years. No visitors, no mail. Please write. 
All letters answered. Shelly Washington, Florida 
State Prison. Starke, FL 32091, USA. 

LONELY 30- YEAR-OLD MAN, doing time would 
appreciate letters from someone on the outside. 
Please write to William Watson, 027666, Box 747, 
Starke, FL 32091, USA. 

I AM SERVING a sentence here in Kingston, Ontar- 
io. I have no visitors so correspondence is my only 
way to keep in touch with the outside. I am 31, 5'7" 
126 lbs, brown hair, green eyes, fair complexion. Gary 
Oke, Collins Bay Institution, Box 190, Kingston, ON 
K7L 5E6. 

GWM, AGE 23, blond, hazel eyes, 6' 1" 180 lbs. lam 
in prison but will be out soon. Won't you please write 
me? Claude Osborne, 19911, ISP, Box 41. Michigan 
City, Indiana 46360, USA. 

22-YEAR-OLD BLACK INMATE at the London 
Correctional Institution. I hope to reacquaint myself 
with the outside world by contacting realistic and con- 
cerned persons regardless of age. colour or ethnic 
background. Please write to: Mr Dwayne Cozzoli. 
158-494. Box 69, London, OH 43140-0069. USA. 



Books/Magazines 

GAY LITERATURE. Comprehensive 58-page cata- 
log. Over 3.000 books. $2 deductible from first pur- 
chase. Elysian Fields, 8I-13BP Broadway, Elmhurst, 
NY 11373, USA. 

FOR SALE: PAPERBACK JO novels, half price or 
less. Send stamped, self-addressed envelope for price 
list to: Paperback, 1405-30 Hillsboro Av, Toronto, 
ON M5R 1S7. 

WANTED: REASONABLE CONDITION back 
issues Drummer or like, reply with address stating 
issue number and price expected. Drawer D406. 

GLOBAL LESBIANISM ISSUE reprint describes 
the lives of lesbians internationally. Connexions, an 
international women's quarterly. 4228 Telegraph 
Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA. $4.00. 



Records 



DANCE MUSIC SPECIALISTS: the latest in new 
wave, electrofunk and disco. Send for current chart 
and mail-order information. J's Records. 74 Gerrard 
St E, Toronto, ON M5B IG6. (416) 591-1536. 



Obituary 



GREG MORIN, April 3, 1961 - March 23, 1983. 
Toronto. Dear friend of David. Cathi. Dorothy. Steve 
and Steven. A beloved son and brother. Executive 
member of GCDC and acting member of the Gay 
Counselling Centre and Chutzpah. We miss you. 



Other 



PHOTOS OF GOOD-LOOKING ESCORTS! Sam- 
ple and info: $2.: Domicile JL Inc. 7879 St-Denis St. 
Montreal, QCH 2R 2F.9, Canada. Tel: (514) 495-2980. 

GAY COURT WATCH. General court informaiTon. 
lawyer referrals, crisis referrals, support services. It 
you have been arrested or need assistance with the 
court system leave a message at room 337. Old City 
Hall or call %l- 8046. We are here to help you, 

YOUNG COLORADO MODEL! Hoi. boyish 18 
year-old redhead siud! Colour photo set $5! Damian, 
Box 12244. Boulder. CO 80303. USA. 




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MAY 1983 



Gay history offers many images of men 
up-in-arms, but here, in focus, is the true lineage of 



MPOSEDUm 



1. The Pre-Historical: 

The eons before Stonewall are murky', but 
clues to ttiose times can be found in so-called 
"muscle mags." Ttiis ptioto proves that the 
arms- up pose was already extant (and 
obviously alluring). 




4. The Semi: 

Gentlemen's Quarterly, the magazine an 

entire male population loves to hate, 

never seems to get it just right, does it? 

Here 's an ad from the l\/larch '83 issue. 

Close, but no cigar. Where's the other 

arm? And why does he still have 

his shirt on? 



5. The Demi: 

GQ again. Now the arms are right and the number of men in the 

shot does suggest possibilities. But the eyes don 't have it. 

Kill each other softly with a glance at least, guys. 

(And there 's still all those clothes!) 



2. The Historical: 

Back when some of us were young but not yet gay. Rolling Stone was the magazine 
that filled many eyes. And when teen-music-idol-of-the- moment David Cassidy 

struck the infamous pose for primo-paparazzi Annie Liebovitz, it set off strange, 

incorrect and undeniable tingles in our beings. 



3.The Annual: 

We're up to date now, and looking at one of a crop of 
1983 calendars featuring photos of semi-clad men, fully 
four of whom are assuming variations of The Pose. 

(This one is Reggy Kerwin, 
l^r September.) 



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6. The Co-Incidental, 
including The Local: 

And finally, it 's a trend! Here 's The Pose featured on the cover of 
not one, not two, but three New York-based gay men s magazines, 
all released around March '83. And locally too: note the cover of 
Toronto's own Circuit, same month. Who says there's no New York 
gay mafia? Or that American imperialism doesn 't include the 
export of images? Not us, in either case. 



Now the real task: wherein lles the mystical appeal of the arms-up pose? A quartet of reasons suggest themselves. First, "arms-up" 
panders to the bodybuilder in all of us, showing off the pecs, the lats, and beyond. Second, it has attitude, enhanced in this case by that sug- 
gestive "come hither" eye-work. Third, it renders the model very vulnerable and therefore terribly, terribly sexy, suggesting that a major tit 
attack lurks just outside the frame of the photo. And, fourth (and most important, because here 's where the essential semiology of The Pose 
resides): "arms-up" recalls the inverted triangle by which all post- Hitlerian gay men shall be known. Note how the line between the two 
elbows drops at either end to the exposed sternum to create the triangle! Already you can hear a new disco cry rising: not ' 'Contort yourself! ' ' 
but ' ' Triangulate! "Andisn 't that great: it rhymes with ' 'tellate. ' ' PhilShawn 



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